Wednesday, August 17, 2011

No-Bake Summer Lasagna

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Yields 4 Servings

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  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 lasagna noodles, broken in half crosswise
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved if large and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving


  1. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, and 2 teaspoons oil; season with salt and pepper. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Add garlic and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until slightly broken down, about 3 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil and zucchini to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until zucchini are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another bowl and stir in basil.
  3. Place some tomatoes on four plates; top with a noodle and small spoonfuls ricotta, zucchini, and more tomatoes. Repeat layering twice, then top with remaining noodles and tomatoes. Garnish with basil.
There is something that just feels right about running out back to grab some ingredients for life- I mean dinner.  With Sarah's hand in mine we ran outside to the garden and plucked some fresh oregano from its sunny,rocky location that calls a cobblestone nook its home.  We gathered the zucchini on our way back and with one forceful crank clockwise, it was ours for the taking.  Isn't nature generous? 

Photo Gallery

Here are the ingredients for the lasagna.
These sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes are so delicious that we eat them like candy around here.
Where I live it gets hot!  Occasionally it's nice to cook a meal without turning on the oven.  Shown here are a few layers of the lasagna so far.
The zucchini layer.
And after adding a few more layers it is ready to be served.
Jordan was super excited to eat.  Actually, now that I think about it, this was as excited as he got.  I guess he likes the more traditional cheesy lasagna better. 

The toddlers were upset with me.  I had no idea that they would get so offended!  They are very serious about their food.
Ben and I on the other hand, enjoyed this dinner very much.  I'm happy that the zucchini found a new home outside of the garden!  As for the pile sitting in a basket on my counter top, I think we can work something out.  I'm on a zucchini roll.

~Dinner Was Served~

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