Zucchini Lasagna with Turkey & Marinara
Recipe by Charity Ferreira | Photo by Erin Kunkel
Who doesn’t love a cheesy layered lasagna? This lighter version is even easier to love thanks to veggie noodles, with thinly sliced zucchini standing in for the traditional pasta. You can assemble the lasagna up to a day ahead and bake it just before serving. Which is perfect for busy weeknights, when you just want to pop a cozy one-dish dinner in the oven.
4 or 5 zucchini (about 2 lb/1 kg total)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¾ lb (375 g) lean ground turkey
2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml) tomato sauce, low sodium
1½ cups (6 oz/185 g) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Trim the ends of the zucchini and slice lengthwise into ¼ inch (6 mm) thick slices. Arrange on the baking sheets in a single layer and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of the oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Roast until the slices are just slightly softened and have released some of their liquid, about 10 minutes. Let cool and then blot with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring to crumble, until the turkey is browned. Add 1½ cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) of the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend.
Spread a thin layer of the remaining tomato sauce (about 2 tablespoons) in the bottom of an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking dish. Arrange a single layer of zucchini slices on top. Spoon half the turkey mixture over and sprinkle with about ¼ cup (1 oz/30 g) cheese. Add a second layer of zucchini, followed by the remaining turkey and another ¼ cup cheese. Add a third and final layer of zucchini, spread with the remaining tomato sauce, and sprinkle evenly with the remaining cheese.
Bake until hot and bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Cut into squares and serve the zucchini lasagna warm.
Makes 6 servings
Nutritional Facts (per serving)
Protein 25 g
Carbs 12 g
Fiber 3 g
Total sugars 8 g
Total fat 20 g
Sat fat 6 g
Sodium 297 mg
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.