It's bound to happen at one point this summer. You get a rediculously large zucchini and wonder what you're going to do with it. Or, perhaps you grab it right up and think immediately of zucchini bread or zucchini lasagna.
I'm sure you can guess which camp I fell into? :) Layers of zucchini alternating with a ricotta and kale mixture, smothered in a tasty marinara sauce, this lasagna was a delicious twist on tradition!!
Zucchini & Kale Lasagna
Recipe by Shannon
I had leftover zucchini and a bit of filling, so I made some rollatini with the extra components. A tablespoon or two spread along a zucchini slab, rolled up and put in a small casserole with some sauce and baked along with the lasagna!
1 huge zucchini (or 2 regular-sized ones)
1 head of kale (use however much you'll enjoy), washed and destemmed
1 lg clove garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper
8oz ricotta cheese
1/2t garlic powder
1/2t dried oregano
1/2t dried basil
dash of red pepper flakes (or more, to taste)
Your favorite sauce (I used jarred)
Fresh basil, for topping
Preheat the oven to 375deg.
Cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice lengthwise into ~1/4" thick slabs (a mandoline would be nice to use here, if you have it, but I just used a chef's knife). Cover 1-2 cookie sheets with paper towels and lay zucchini in a single layer over them. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and set aside.
Heat 1-2T extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Roughly chop kale and add to heated oil. Saute for ~5min or so. You can also add a splash of water (carefully!!) and cover it with a lid to steam the kale a bit and get it to cook a bit quicker. Add garlic and continue to cook until all the kale has started to wilt. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the filling, add ricotta, egg and spices (garlic powder, oregano, basil) to a large bowl. Mix well, then add the cooled kale mixture and mix again. Set aside until you're ready to assemble the lasagna (can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until you're ready to use).
Check on your zucchini, you should see large beads of water on the zucchini as the salt draws out some moisture. Blot it with a paper towel to remove this moisture before preparing the lasagna.
In a 9" sq pan, add enough sauce to cover the bottom of the dish. Start layering zucchini, followed by kale/ricotta, then sauce. Repeat until you've reached the top of your baking dish or used up your zucchini/filling. Bake, covered in foil, for 35min. Remove foil, top with your desired amount of Parmesan cheese and broil 5-10min, until cheese has melted nicely and its bubbling around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10min before trying to cut. Top with fresh basil when serving!
How do you like your lasagna?