Friday, August 22, 2008

No Bake Vegetable Lasagna

I have been waiting at least six months to make this recipe, maybe more. I found it in an old Rachel Ray Magazine, but I knew store-bought tomatoes just wouldn't cut it in this case and I was months away from homegrown. Since nothing in this lasagna is actually cooked, the best quality and freshest vegetables make all the difference. You can find the original recipe here. I cut it down a little, but followed the general game plan.

No Bake Vegetable Lasagna
Serves 2

1 large zucchini (or two regular)
1 T olive oil
8 oz ricotta
2 T lemon juice, divided
zest from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup pesto
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
handful of sun-dried tomatoes (reconstituted if dried)
1/4 t crushed ginger
1 large tomato cut into four slices
1/2 t salt, divided
basil for garnish

Slice the zucchini into 12 slices using a mandolin and toss with the olive oil. Combine the ricotta, 1 T of lemon juice, lemon zest and 1/4 t of salt in a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove to a bowl. Add diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, ginger, remaining 1 T lemon juice and 1/4 t salt to the food processor. Blend until smooth.

Layer three slices of zucchini, slightly overlapping, on a dinner plate. Spread the ricotta mixture over the bottom, followed by the pesto and then the tomato sauce (use 2 - 3 T of each). Top the sauces with one slice of tomato and then repeat the layer again. Top with a few basil leaves, repeat the process for the second serving and enjoy!


Deb in Hawaii said...

Your lasagna looks so fresh, summery and good1 Yum!

Alexa said...

What a clever lasagna dish... Your picture makes it look irresistible.

Thistlemoon said...

That looks amazing! I just love it - I can see why you waited until summer! :)

Michele said...

I wish I would have stopped by your site before I made salad tonight! No bake lasagna is a fantastic idea...and your picture is lovely! I have got to make this tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! What was your take on this dish? Would you make it again? Do anything differently? I am definitely going to try this one.

Apples and Butter said...

Hi Christine - I was actually really happy with the way it came out. Really flavorful and delicious. Just be sure to use homegrown, or really, really flavorful tomatoes. That's what makes the difference!