Fresh Veggie Lasagna using Zucchini and Mushrooms

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Fresh Veggie Lasagna using Zucchini and Mushrooms

July 12, 2017
CA Grown Mom

Susan Phillips

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Fresh Veggie Lasagna using Zucchini and Mushrooms

The very best vegetable lasagna

Boom…

That just happened.

And I’m just putting this out there; this is quite possibly the best thing I’ve eaten in a loooong time.  

No joke!

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

And I have to attribute it’s deliciousness to the fresh local produce I used. It was pretty simple to find all these California beauties in my local grocery store; green and yellow squash, meaty trumpet mushrooms and beautiful eggplant.  

This lasagna is not only meat free, but it’s also completely pasta free because I made my own lasagna noodles using the squash!   

I used the trumpet mushrooms and eggplant as a meat substitute (trust me, you won’t miss the meat). 

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Serve it with a fresh Caesar Salad on the side and enjoy on a cool (or warm…no thermometer needed for this beauty) summer night.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

The very best vegetable lasagna

It’s pretty easy to make the veggie “lasagna noodles” when you use a mandoline. I set mine to 1/8″ and they turned out perfect!

The very best vegetable lasagna

The very best vegetable lasagna

Slice two green zucchini and two yellow squash, then place on a greased cookie sheet. Dust with salt and pepper and cook in a 400-degree oven until slightly browned. This process helps remove as much moisture from the zucchini as possible. If you skip this step, your lasagna will be very watery! I liken this step to the same as having to boil lasagna noodles; necessary and accomplished early on in the process.

Water = no bueno!

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Slice your trumpet mushrooms into thick slices. If you don’t have access to this particular variety, you can use whatever type of mushroom you like. I chose this one because of its dense, meaty qualities!

 

Our cheese filling mixture is comprised of ricotta, parmesan, eggs, fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper

 

Let’s start the layering process…

The very best vegetable lasagna

Start by adding a little sauce to the bottom of the baking dish.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Add the first layer of green zucchini.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Top with a layer of yellow squash.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Cover with half the cheese mixture. 

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Sautéed eggplant.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

A layer of sauce.

 

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

And repeat! Another layer of both colored zucchinis.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Cheese mixture.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

This time I added a layer of shredded mozzarella.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Then those fabulous trumpet mushrooms.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Last layer of sauce.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

And top it all off with another layer of shredded mozzarella and a bit of parmesan.

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve…

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

Just look at that veggie cheesy goodness…

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

It really can’t be beaten…and what a way to use a load of fresh, local, in-season veggies.  

 

The very best vegetable lasagna

The very best vegetable lasagna

Eat up!

 

Here is the recipe for ya…

 

Fresh Veggie Lasagna

 

2 green zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thin lengthwise

2 yellow squash, sliced 1/8″ thin lengthwise

1 eggplant, sliced crosswise into 1/4″ rounds

8 oz. trumpet mushrooms (about 6-7), sliced lengthwise

1 15 oz. container ricotta cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese, divided

2 eggs

10-20 leaves fresh basil leaves, chopped 

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I only used half of the jar)

12 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the sliced squash onto cookie sheets and dust with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven until edges start to brown and moisture looks evaporated, about 10 minutes.

Sauté the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil until slightly browned.  

Sauté the eggplant in olive oil until browned but still firm.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 the basil (about 1/4 cup packed) and a bit of salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

Place a small amount of jarred sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.

Layer in this order; green zucchini, yellow squash, 1/2 ricotta mixture, eggplant, sauce, green zucchini, yellow squash, 1/2 ricotta, 4 oz. shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, sauce, 8 oz. mozzarella and the last 1/2 cup of parmesan.

Place in a decreased temperature 350 oven for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Slice and serve up with a side salad.

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