Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna – Garden Fresh!

This white vegetarian zucchini lasagna recipe is cheesy goodness at its best. A perfect way to take advantage of prolific zucchini in season!

Have plenty of zucchini? My zucchini hamburger relish is a family favorite!

zucchini lasagna in a pan, white cheesy layer showing.

On a gluten free diet? Cutting carbs? This zucchini lasagna recipe is your ticket to an easy meal without the usual wheat lasagna noodles. It’s also a tomato free meal, for those who are cutting out nightshades. 

And if your garden is producing a glut of fresh zucchini, using zucchini in place of packaged lasagna noodles just makes sense. (Double the zucchini goodness and serve up this chocolate zucchini bread for dessert!)

Comfort food at its best, it’s easy to put together from a few real food ingredients. 

zucchini lasagna ingredients: shredded cheese, zucchini, ricotta

Ingredients for White Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini — Grab one fresh from the garden or stop at the store. Green zucchini is the most readily available, but if you have golden yellow summer squash, that will work just fine. Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the squash into thin zucchini noodles. 

Ricotta  — This creamy cheese is a must-have classic. Use your favorite brand, or try your hand at making homemade ricotta cheese.

Mozzarella cheese — All white cheese here in this amazing recipe! This Italian cheese is available in part-skim or whole milk options. Either is fine. (Optionally, serve with a little parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top.)

Garlic — Take the time to grate a fresh clove for the best flavor.

slicing zucchini with a mandoline
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Making This Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Start with garden fresh zucchini, add a couple of different cheeses and spices and bam! Dinner in under an hour.

You can slice the zucchini with a knife, but a mandoline slicer makes nice, uniform slices to use in this zucchini lasagna recipe. If you use a knife, just aim for slices that are 1/8″ thick.

Removing some of the moisture from the zucchini before assembling this zucchini lasagne recipe is a good idea, though you can get by without this step if you’re in a time crunch.

To do so, set slices of zucchini on a clean, dry kitchen towel and sprinkle with just a bit of salt. The salt pulls the moisture from the zucchini, and in turn, will prevent the zucchini lasagna from being too “sloppy.” After about 20 minutes, pat the zucchini dry and begin assembly.

process of layering the lasagna in a loaf pan.

Layer the zucchini slices with ricotta cheese and shredded mozzarella. Be sure to end with a layer of mozzarella so you’ll get that nice, browned top. (This recipe is made in a loaf pan. Feel free to double the ingredients and bake in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish.)

Serve this zucchini lasagna recipe with a salad or your favorite fresh veggie for a hearty vegetarian meal. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish it with a sprig of fresh basil.

zucchini lasagna on a plate with green beans.

FAQs

Do I need to salt the zucchini ahead of time?

Yes, this step is truly necessary. The salt helps draw the water out! Otherwise it would come out during baking and have nowhere to go, and you’ll end up with a watery, soggy mess on your hands (and the bottom of the oven!). I promise it doesn’t make the final dish taste salty.

zucchini lasagna recipe in a glass dish from above

Can I use pasta?

If you aren’t gluten-free and just want a classic lasagna, feel free to cook up some dried lasagna noodles to use in place of zucchini. You might need about 12, but it depends on your pan size. Definitely use regular noodles that you cook and cool. There isn’t enough liquid in this recipe to use the no-boil type.

zucchini lasagna on a plate.

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zucchini lasagna in a pan, white cheesy layer showing.

White Zucchini Lasagna

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This delicious vegetarian zucchini lasagna recipe is cheesy goodness at its best. It's low carb and keto, too! A perfect way to take advantage of prolific zucchini in season!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Wash and dry the zucchini.
  3. Cut the end off the zucchini. Carefully slice the zucchini long ways using a mandoline slicer or a knife.
  4. Sprinkle the zucchini with a bit of salt and place on clean, dry kitchen towels for about 20 minutes. This will help to remove some of the moisture from the zucchini. Pat dry.
  5. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil to the ricotta and stir until combined.
  6. Use a small amount of olive oil to grease the bottom and sides of a loaf pan.

Layer the lasagna:

  1. Start by placing 2-3 slices of zucchini in the bottom of a loaf pan.
  2. Spread about ⅓ of the ricotta mixture on the zucchini slices.
  3. Add about ¼ of the shredded mozzarella.
  4. Continue layering zucchini, ricotta, and mozzarella in this manner, ending with a layer of mozzarella.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for about ten minutes to firm up.

Notes

This recipe is made in a loaf pan. Feel free to double the ingredients and bake in an 8" x 8" baking dish.

If you like a zesty lasagna, you can mix a 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes into the ricotta cheese mixture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

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Originally published May, 2018; this post has been updated.

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About the author: Claudie Evert is passionate about living lightly on the earth. She digs in the garden, cooks food from scratch, and will — someday — master the art of picking out a ripe watermelon.

5 comments… add one
  • Patti Moseman Oct 4, 2019 @ 10:35

    I am making this just how you wrote it

  • Joan Carmichael Aug 13, 2019 @ 9:49

    I loved making this simple but delicious recipe! Thank you!

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 13, 2019 @ 14:56

      Glad you liked it!

  • Nan May 10, 2018 @ 8:42

    I made this with carrots & spinach, turned out perfect!
    Thank you for the recipe

  • Sariya May 6, 2018 @ 4:03

    Yummy! Almost the same recipe as mine! I am using the same for broccoli recipe.

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