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Zucchini Lasagna

I plant zucchini every year, and we always seem to have more than we can use! This recipe is a particularly delicious way I use our abundant crop. —Charlotte McDaniel, Williamsville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 4 medium zucchini (about 1-3/4 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Additional shredded mozzarella cheese, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in seasonings and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. In a bowl, mix egg and cottage cheese.
  • Trim ends of zucchini; cut lengthwise into 1/4-in.-thick slices. Layer half the slices in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; dust with half the flour. Top with cottage cheese mixture and half the meat sauce. Add remaining zucchini; dust with remaining flour. Spread with remaining meat sauce; sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, until heated through, about 40 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional cheese. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 273 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • suefalk
    Nov 9, 2020

    Very good, but I used Ricotta in place of cottage cheese. I also used double the amount. 2 cups incorporating 1 egg until light and fluffy. Zucchini is so low profile in flavor I also added 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes in the meat mixture. Also, I added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese over the shredded mozzarella.

  • Don
    Sep 18, 2020

    No comment left

  • sabrina
    Jun 19, 2020

    Can i freeze this

  • cyndi9781x
    Jun 19, 2020

    I make this when our zucchini are ready for picking. I dont add flour at all. I do add a pkg of cream cheese cut in tiny cubes to add to each layer. If o runner out of ingredients to make the sauce, I always keep a low carb sauce on had. This is a delicious recipe who is definitely watching there carbs. My family favorite!

  • Steve
    Jul 26, 2019

    Loved this recipe. A couple of modifications however. Used a combo of beef and sweet sausage. I also doubled the ricotta. A sheeter attachment for the KitchenAid makes short work of the zucchini.

  • 1crazygranny
    Jan 24, 2019

    I dreamed up this recipe about 30 years ago only instead of tomato paste I use spaghetti sauce and no cottage or ricotta cheese, I also sprinkle corn starch over the spaghetti sauce to absorb the extra juices. I also boil my zucchini slices for about 7-8 minutes and then put in cold water to cool them off and placing them on paper towel layers before assembling together. I sprinkle Mrs.Dash southwest chipotle on the meat layer before adding the next layer. I then cook for 30 minutes in my 1250 watt microwave.... YUMMY!!!

  • Nishu
    Nov 30, 2018

    wooohoooo qualifying cookies 24-7 I LOOOOOVVEE it. That sounds like a sweet life to me. This looks great! Thanks for sharing it and the other recipes at the Pinterest Power Party – we’ll be featuring this in tomorrow’s party!

  • OwlTree
    Jun 1, 2018

    Very good! I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Added finely chopped garlic and ground fennel seeds to the tomato sauce.

  • gaylene2
    Aug 7, 2014

    We have plenty of zucchini in our garden and we're always looking for new ways to use it. This is a pretty yummy way! I used Jimmy Dean sausage instead of hamburger. I also doubled the cottage cheese mix and added more cheese because I like my lasagna nice and rich! I also peeled and de-seeded the zucchini.

  • collector2
    Aug 21, 2011

    Me and my husband loved it!!!!! I did make a few changes, like added spinach and green peppers...