No-Noodle Lasagna

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Lasagna is delicious, but the noodles do nothing for you. So we created this easy-to-make, gluten-free lasagna packed with flavor. It uses zucchini as the noodles, and trust me, it tastes SO GOOD, we eat the whole pan every time!

Whenever we make it at home, we use a mandolin that slices the zucchini paper-thin. We borrowed someone else’s mandolin that slices it much thicker (about the thickness of a quarter) to see how it would turn out. Watch the video for the result!

 

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No-Noodle Lasagna
Lasagna is delicious, but the noodles do nothing for you. So we created this easy-to-make, gluten-free lasagna packed with flavor. It uses zucchini as the noodles, and trust me, it tastes SO GOOD, we eat the whole pan every time! Whenever we make it at home, we use a mandolin that slices the zucchini paper-thin. We borrowed someone else’s mandolin that slices it much thicker (about the thickness of a quarter) to see how it would turn out. Watch the video for the result!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons grape seed oil (or another oil with a high smoke point)
  2. 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 onion)
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 to 1.5 lbs. Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  5. 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree
  6. 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  7. 1 Tablespoon dried basil leaves
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Freshly ground black pepper
  10. 3-4 small zucchinis
  11. 2 ounces grated parmesan
  12. 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice zucchinis with a mandolin so that they are paper thin. Set them out on paper towels to dry out while you make the sauce.
  3. Heat the oil in a large (10 to 12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add the sausage and cook over medium heat, breaking it up with a fork, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, 1/2 – 1 teaspoons salt (depending on taste and the saltiness of your sausage), and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.
  6. To assemble the lasagna, ladle about 3/4 cup of the sauce into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch rectangular baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then layer the zucchini, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle with a small handful of mozzarella, a bit of parmesan, and then another ladle full of sauce. Repeat until you are out of ingredients. Finish with sauce, topped with parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling. Broil for a minute or two to get a nice crust. Let it cool slightly so that it can set before serving.
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10 Comments on “No-Noodle Lasagna”

  1. C.J.

    I saw you this morning on Q13 Fox news. Decided to make this for dinner.
    The only difference was I used chicken sausage just cause it was on sale.
    Delicious!
    Thank You for sharing

  2. Beverly

    I cook with my granddaughter all the time and this sounds like a great recipe for us to try. She has been cooking with me since she was 3. She is now 8 and loves to cook also. Are you going to make a kids good eating cook book because I would bye it. If you do please let me know. Thanks and will watch your show now since I know about you.

    1. Amber

      That’s awesome that your granddaughter loves to cook! Keep it up! No plans for a cookbook right now, but we might in the future! 😀

  3. Maureen

    Saw you on the Today show and made this for dinner last night! It was excellent!! I repinned it on pinterest and shared it on Facebook :) By far more delicious than I even imagined! One question- does it freeze well? I am thinking of making a double batch next time and freezing a few portions but not sure how the zucchini will hold up. Thanks!

    1. Amber

      Thank you, Maureen! I have to say we have never frozen it, we always eat it all up! Looks like people do freeze zucchini, though, but we’ve never done it so I can’t say if it changes texture or anything. If you try it, let us know!

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