Zucchini takes the place of pasta in this recipe, making it lighter than a regular lasagna. Most people don't realize that there is no pasta and think it delicious.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

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  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until evenly brown. Drain juices. Mix the onion, green bell pepper, carrots, garlic, and tomato sauce into the skillet. Season with oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

  • In the bottom of the prepared baking dish, layer 1/2 the zucchini strips. In a bowl, beat together the cottage cheese and egg, and spread over the zucchini. Scoop 1/2 the beef mixture over the cottage cheese and egg mixture, and sprinkle with 1/2 the mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining zucchini, beef mixture, and mozzarella. Top with Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow to sit 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Nutrition Facts

236.8 calories; protein 19.7g 39% DV; carbohydrates 10.3g 3% DV; fat 13.5g 21% DV; cholesterol 71.3mg 24% DV; sodium 569.8mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2007
This was great. Didn't miss the noodles. It was just a bit runny so next time i would salt the zucchini and let it sit in a colander for 30 minutes. That should draw out some of the liquid. I also used more tomato sauce than was called for and more mozz. cheese. I'm going to try it with eggplant next time! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2006
Though I did enjoy the recipe I cannot get over how so many people said they "couldn't tell it wasn't real lasagna noodles...".....I definately could but like I said it was enjoyable. MY only issue was it came out VERY VERY watery and also the Zucc's were not tender. Next time I will try to slice them thinner (which should be fun - lol) and also maybe press them a bit in the attempt to get some of the water out. Besides those two issues though it was flavorful and I am going to try to make it again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 176
  • 4 star values: 63
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2007
This was great. Didn't miss the noodles. It was just a bit runny so next time i would salt the zucchini and let it sit in a colander for 30 minutes. That should draw out some of the liquid. I also used more tomato sauce than was called for and more mozz. cheese. I'm going to try it with eggplant next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2008
Super yum! True, you can tell there's no noodles, but we ate it with some toast and that satisfied the starch craving. I made some adjustments to (a) reduce the fat, (b) work with what I had on hand, (c) reduce the liquid, and (d) fit it in an 8x8-inch pan (I only cook for 2). It turned out great! So delicious that I had it for leftovers the next day, and I do not like leftovers. My adjustments: 1. Salted the zucchini and placed it in a colander at the very beginning, and also carefully drained excess liquid from the dish right after removing it from the oven. 2. Ingredients adjustment: 3 med zucchini, 1/2 lb lean ground turkey, 1/2 med onion, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/4 cup pre-packaged shredded carrots, 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce, 2/3 cup low-fat ricotta (in place of cottage cheese), 1 egg white. I kept the amounts for the garlic, spices, and other cheeses the same, but used part-skim moz. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
Wonderful recipe! To lower the fat, I used low-fat mozzarella and 2% cottage cheese. In response to other reviews commenting on the dish being too watery, I took all possible precautions. I drained the tomato sauce, drained the cottage cheese, and "sweated" the zucchini. Here's how: Place cut slices in colander and sprinkle VERY generously with salt. Let sit for 30-45 minutes, while chopping veggies, grating cheese, and cooking tomato mixture. Rinse zucchini thoroughly and absorb any water with paper towel. After all this, I only had about 1/4 cup liquid in the entire dish. I simply tilted the dish and let it drain out. Everything stayed together wonderfully and tasted fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2017
I have been making zucchini lasagna for years and I found if you put your sliced zucchini under the broiler for a few minutes to draw out the water that works better then the sweat method by using the salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
This is my absolutely FAVORITE recipe that I saved to my recipe box. I try to watch what I eat and this recipe provides a strong rich taste of a "unhealthy dish" without all of the added carbs and fat. Two things I do when I make this recipe - replace the ground beef with ground turkey meat use tons of fresh basil instead of dried ground basil. The basil leaves end up leaving an incredible flavor and are very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
Excellent! I did make a few changes though to fit my tastes. I used red pepper instead of green (less acidic). I doubled the cheese amounts, used trader joe's 3-cheese spaghetti sauce, and I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Otherwise I made it to a tee, and it turned out WONDERFULLY. I will be making this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2007
Very good & we did not miss the noodles! Tried this as a low carb dish and will put this in my make it often file. I made the sauce sans meat and used a large can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato paste plus a can of beef broth. Also used more veggies including some chopped mushrooms lots of fresh garlic and celery. Also used some red pepper flake and a lot of fresh basil at the end. I let this garden sauce simmer until it was fairly thick and our casserole was not watery at all. Put the parmesan right in with the non-fat cottage cheese as well as some garlic powder. I will try putting some ground beef and maybe some turkey sausage next time. Thanks for submitting this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2010
This was a very delicious meal. It was easy to make and had that lasagna feel to it. Next time I make it, and I will make it again very soon, I am going to try dry cottage cheese instead of regular and let it sit a hair longer since it was a bit 'sloppy'. I also used fresh mozza and a red pepper for personal preference. I would also double the ingredients since I didn't get enough leftovers! Nonetheless it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
This recipe is wonderful. A life saver for me as I have to follow a low carb diet. I'll probably make this or a similar version once a week!! Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/28/2006
Though I did enjoy the recipe I cannot get over how so many people said they "couldn't tell it wasn't real lasagna noodles...".....I definately could but like I said it was enjoyable. MY only issue was it came out VERY VERY watery and also the Zucc's were not tender. Next time I will try to slice them thinner (which should be fun - lol) and also maybe press them a bit in the attempt to get some of the water out. Besides those two issues though it was flavorful and I am going to try to make it again. Read More
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