Friday, August 17, 2012

No noodle grilled vegetables lasagna

I love to make lasagna but don't like to use pasta. I love to use more vegetables and herbs in my cooking and avoid white flour things when ever possible. This is my way of making lasagna without using any pasta sheets. you can use it if you want but without it also it gives nice texture with all the vegetables in it.

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 medium eggplant, trimmed, sliced lengthwise in 1/4-in thick slices
  • 2 large uncooked zucchini, trimmed, sliced lengthwise in 1/4-in thick slices
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 pound part-skim ricotta cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • pinch of dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup basil, fresh, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup grated organic Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 cup pure marinara sauce, divided [Note:  Use 2-3 cups for thicker lasagna]
  • 1/2 pound shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.  Coat two baking sheets with olive oil spray.
  • Place eggplant on one prepared baking sheet and place zucchini on other prepared baking sheet; spritz vegetables with olive oil spray.
  • Roast 8 minutes; turn over vegetables and roast for 7 to 10 minutes more (total roasting time should not exceed 20 minutes or the vegetables will get too mushy); remove from oven and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, red pepper flakes, basil and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; set aside.
  • When vegetables are done, reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • To assemble lasagna, coat bottom and sides of a 14×8 inch baking dish with olive oil spray.  Spread a thin layer of sauce (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup) on bottom of pan.  Layer eggplant over sauce (use all the slices, even if you have to overlap them). Cover eggplant with half of marinara sauce and then spread half of ricotta mixture on top; sprinkle with half of mozzarella cheese. Top mozzarella cheese with zucchini and cover zucchini with remaining marinara sauce; spread with remaining ricotta mixture, top with remaining mozzarella, then sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake until the bottom starts to bubble, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove lasagna from oven and allow it to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes. 

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