Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna

Low-Carb Zucchini Lasagna
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 408.1
  • Total Fat: 23.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 141.7 mg
  • Sodium: 965.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Protein: 37.4 g

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Introduction

This low-carb lasagna uses zucchini "noodles" instead of lasagna noodles. The trick to making this work is to take some of the water out of the zucchini first by salting the "noodles". Then they firm up and are more noodle-like, instead of mushy. This recipe can be made with or without meat. This low-carb lasagna uses zucchini "noodles" instead of lasagna noodles. The trick to making this work is to take some of the water out of the zucchini first by salting the "noodles". Then they firm up and are more noodle-like, instead of mushy. This recipe can be made with or without meat.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 - 1 pounds of zucchini
    salt - enough to lightly salt the zucchini - between and teaspoon
    1 lb. ground beef, 93% lean (can be made without the meat)
    1 lb. ricotta cheese - whole milk preferred
    2 eggs
    cup chopped fresh basil or 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
    2 cups jarred pasta sauce (any variety with no added sugars)
    8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
    1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (not dried/powdered)

Tips

To make vegetarian use meatless sauce and skip the ground beef.


Directions

PREPARATION

1. Slice the zucchini into strips, length-wise. The strips should be about 1/8 inch thick. I find the best way to do this is with a mandolin. See a vegetable being sliced with a mandolin and find out more about them. Discard any pieces that are mostly peel.

2. Put the zucchini strips into a colander and sprinkle the salt on them. Toss to coat. Put the colander over a bowl to catch the juice. After 10-15 minutes, toss the strips again so that the brine will more-or-less evenly coat the strips. Drain for at least an hour.

3. While the zucchini is dripping, cook the meat. Then, combine the ricotta, eggs, and basil or parsley.

4. Spread the zucchini strips on paper toweling or a cotton tea towel to take away most of the surface liquid.

Assembly

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. Put cup of the pasta sauce into the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan, and combine the meat with the rest of the sauce.

2. Begin layering by covering the sauce with a layer of zucchini. Then cover the zucchini with about one third of the ricotta mixture, one third of the sauce, and one third of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat, only arrange the zucchini strips in the other direction, e.g. if in the first layer the strips are lined up along the length of the pan, for the next layer line them up across the width of the pan. Alternate again for the third layer. After the third layer, finish with the Parmesan cheese.

3. Bake until the cheese is golden brown, about 30 minutes. (Note, if you refrigerate the lasagna before baking, cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes covered, then remove the foil and cook an additional 30 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.)

Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BLUEKITTYJAN.

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