Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna"

Strips of zucchini stand in for lasagna noodles, adding texture and flavor.

  • Servings: 9
Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna"

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2010


For the Sauce (makes 3 cups)

  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

For the Lasagna

  • 2 medium zucchini, trimmed
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish: Fresh oregano


  1. Make the sauce: Pulse tomatoes with juice in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and red-pepper flakes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Add turkey; cook, breaking up any large pieces, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in oregano and salt. Let cool.

  2. Make the lasagna: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise into thin strips (about 1/8 inch thick) using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Place 5 or 6 zucchini slices, overlapping slightly, in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 1 cup sauce. Dot with 1/4 cup ricotta. Repeat twice with zucchini, remaining sauce, and 1/2 cup ricotta, alternating direction of zucchini. Top with remaining zucchini, alternating direction; brush with oil. Dot with remaining 1/4 cup ricotta. Season with pepper. Bake, uncovered, until lasagna bubbles and top browns, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with oregano.


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