Prep 1 hr
Cook 35 mins
With zucchini noodles & soy crumbles, this lasagna sounds awful, but after a full helping my father, who is anti anything low-fat, low-carb or "fake meat", delclared this lasagna DELICIOUS! Preparation is a little time consuming, so I freeze it in mini loaf pans so that we can get 5 or 6 dinners out of one preparation. My husband also loves it and requests it! We split one of the loaf pans and pair it with a salad or a little soup.
- 3 -4 zucchini, sliced very thin lengthwise, I use a mandolin to get them even
- 16 ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
- 1⁄2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, I prefer Ragu Super chunky mushroom
- 1 lb mushroom, chopped
- 12 ounces ground meat substitute
- 1 1⁄2 cups parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 1⁄2 cups low fat mozzarella
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt & pepper
- You'll need a large glass baking dish or 5 to 6 miniature loaf pans to make this dish.
- Blanch zucchini in boiling water for 1- 1.5 minutes.
- Drain zucchini and place between tea towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Otherwise your lasagna will be watery.
- Sautee chopped mushrooms in olive oil, seasoning with salt & pepper.
- Add soy crumbles to mushroom mixture and sautee 1-2 minutes, then add spaghetti sauce.
- In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, cottage cheese, parmesan, garlic powder & salt & pepepr to taste.
- Begin by layering the bottom of your loaf pan(s) with strips of zucchini, then a layer of the cheese mixture, and finally a layer of sauce,a nd repeat. This should just about fill your pans.
- Cover with a layer of mozzarella.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and/or foil and freeze, or bake at 400 for 30 minute.
- If taking out of the freezer, thaw in the fridge for a day and pop in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes.
Sorry, this just didn't work for us. It sounded good, but we found it too watery and bland. I followed the instructions and pressed out as much water as I could, but it still ended up very watery. The ricotta layer needed an egg to bind it, and some herbs, like basil or oregano. I cut the recipe in half and baked in a 9-inch square pan with no problem. Made for Spring Pick a Chef game.