Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 50 mins

Although it is not listed in the cheese mixture ingredients you may also add in one slightly beaten egg if desired --- to save some time and to further increase the flavor I strongly suggest to prepare the sauce up to 1-3 days ahead, just warm before using in the recipe, preparing ahead will allow the flavors to "ripen" and intensify you will really notice a difference in flavor if made ahead.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. For the sauce (this is strongly recommended to make 1-3 days in advance and refrigerate) heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add in onion, chopped garlic, basil, oregano and chili flakes; saute for 3 about minutes.
  4. Add in zucchini, sliced mushrooms, carrots and bell pepper; cook stirring for about 4 minutes.
  5. Add in tomato paste; stir for 1 minute.
  6. Add in crushed and diced tomatoes with juice; bring to a boil over medium heat stirring.
  7. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 35-40 minutes (season with salt and pepper about halfway through cooking time, DO NOT cover the pot or the sauce will become thin).
  8. In a bowl combine all filling ingredients until well blended.
  9. TO ASSEMBLE.
  10. Remove 2 cups of sauce and set aside (this will go on top of the lasagna after layering).
  11. Spread one-third of the sauce into bottom of the baking dish.
  12. Place 3 cooked noodles over the sauce.
  13. Place HALF of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
  14. Repeat the layers; one-third sauce, 3 noodles, then remaining cheese mixture.
  15. Top with remaining one-third sauce then 3 noodles.
  16. Spread the reserved 2 cups of sauce over the top (covering the noodles).
  17. Sprinkle 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the sauce.
  18. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F (bottom rack) for 45 minutes.
  19. Uncover and sprinkle 1 cup or more of mozzarella cheese on top then return to oven and bake uncovered for anoth 5-8 minutes.
  20. Allow to rest for 15 minutes or more before slicing.

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