Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

Make this delicious Lasagna Zucchini Casserole for protein and veggie-filled dinner that’s vegetarian and easy to make. This baked zucchini lasagna fuses all of the delicious flavors of Italian cooking with a midwestern, healthy twist!

Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

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My family has done a pretty good job keeping track of our family history and mapping out our family tree. My mom’s side is pretty straightforward because my grandma is 100% Italian and my grandpa is 100% Polish. They are both 1st generation Americans and know down to the town where their parents grew up in Europe. My dad’s genes date back to Eastern Europe and Russia, specifically Hungary, Czech Republic, and Russia. Knowing all of this information, I’ve always told people that I was a mutt…25% Italian, 25% Polish, 12.5% Russian, 12.5% Hungarian, and 12.5% Czech Republic.

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  • 28% Europe East: Poland, Czech, Hungary (maternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother)
  • 14% Europe South: Italian/Greece (maternal grandmother)
  • 7% Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey (maternal grandmother)
  • 8% Other (all?)

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Lasagna Zucchini Casserole Recipe

So how did I come up with Lasagna Zucchini Casserole? Well, I’ve always LOVED my grandma’s Italian cooking, so I thought we’d fuse together some Grandma Marie flavors with a midwestern twist…hence the casserole! Plus, it’s zucchini season and if you have a garden, those things be growin’ wild right now!

This healthy zucchini casserole is such a fun, wholesome twist on lasagna. Did I mention that it’s vegetarian and made with quinoa? No noodles, no meat…but a lot of cheese! Girl, don’t skimp on the cheese! What you need for this zucchini casserole recipe is quite simple:

  • zucchinis
  • marinara sauce
  • vegetable broth
  • quinoa
  • Italian seasoning
  • cottage cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese

Sometimes the best things in life are simple, yet full of flavor…and heritage! I can’t wait to make this delicious zucchini lasagna for my family…especially Grandma Marie so that she can get a taste of our Italian heritage with my midwestern cooking!

 

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Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

Make this delicious Lasagna Zucchini Casserole for protein and veggie-filled dinner that’s vegetarian and easy to make. This baked zucchini lasagna fuses all of the delicious flavors of Italian cooking with a midwestern, healthy twist!

    Author: Lee Hersh
    Yield: 6

    Ingredients

    • 3 large zucchinis
    • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce (2.5 cups)
    • 2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
    • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced (any kind will work)
    • 1.5 cups 4% cottage cheese
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • fresh parsley, for topping

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Slice zucchinis (the long way) into very thin strips. You should need 15 total strips. Lay zucchini onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt to draw out moisture. Set aside.
    3. Next place marinara, broth, quinoa, and Italian seasoning into a large saucepan. Bring to boil, then turn heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
    4. Remove sauce from heat. Add cottage cheese and onion to the sauce and mix well.
    5. Pat zucchini with a paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible and then start to build your lasagna.
    6. Pour a cup of sauce on the bottom of the pan for the first layer. Then, lay zucchini strips side by side on top of the sauce. We did 5 strips per layer. Add another cup of sauce and sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Repeat two more times, creating 3 layers.
    7. Top the whole lasagna with 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 400ºF.
    8. Remove from oven and let sit for 15-20 minutes*. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

    Notes

    • When you first take the lasagna out of the oven, it will look very soupy, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes to firm up!
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