Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Adopted 9/15

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil a deep 2½- to 3-quart baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup olive oil and garlic.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water.
  6. Plunge spinach into the boiling water for about 15 seconds, then drain and transfer to the ice bath.
  7. When cool, drain again and squeeze dry.
  8. Chop coarsely and transfer to a bowl.
  9. Trim the ends of the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise, then again crosswise.
  10. Cut lengthwise into ¼-inch-thick slices.
  11. Put in a separate bowl.
  12. Peel potatoes and cut in the same way as the zucchini.
  13. Place potatoes in a separate bowl.
  14. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, and toss with some of the garlic oil to coat lightly.
  15. Reserve remaining oil for drizzling on top of the tiella.
  16. Using half of the potatoes, make a layer in the prepared baking dish, filling in any gaps with small pieces.
  17. Spread with ½ cup tomato sauce, then sprinkle with 1½ tablespoons basil, and 2 tablespoons each Parmesan and bread crumbs.
  18. Repeat the layering twice, replacing the potatoes with zucchini, then with the spinach.
  19. Follow each with layers of tomato sauce, basil, Parmesan and bread crumbs.
  20. Top with remaining potatoes, tomato sauce and basil.
  21. Drizzle with reserved garlic oil.
  22. Cover and bake until tender and bubbling, about 1¼ hours.
  23. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and bread crumbs.
  24. Continue baking, uncovered, until top begins to brown, about 15 minutes longer.
  25. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature to allow dish to settle and deepen in flavor.
  26. Note: Tiella may be served hot, warm or at room temperature.
  27. Reheat in a low oven if desired.


Most Helpful

Very delicious flavor, somewhat similar to lasagna. Subbed butternut squash for the potatoes, and I did omit breadcrumbs as well (picky kids). Will make again.

Dar Z December 11, 2005

i followed recipe exactly. i never heard of or had this meal before; and wasnt sure about the potatoes being in there. it was very very good and i will make it again. although i used a basic run of the mill sauce i think it would definitly call for a very good marinara sauce as the sauce makes or breaks the meal in my when i make this again i will use a very good marinara sauce. great recipe.

jennifer in new jersey April 02, 2005

I found this very good but in comparison to my grandmothers the garlic was overpowering so next time I will leave it completely out. Also I did not use the bread crumbs between the layers just a few on top . Also my grandmother never used the spinach, but it certainly was a great addition. Thanks for helping me with a Tiella recipe.

andypandy March 07, 2005

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