Let’s prepare a delicious, healthy lasagna made with zucchine (Italian zucchini) and potatoes. This lasagna is a lighter and yummy alternative to the traditional meat lasagna, perfectly suitable for vegetarians and people with tomato intolerance. For this dish I used the freshest organic produce picked at my local farmers market and the highest quality of dairies. Enjoy every single bite.
Fun facts :
Even though zucchini have their ancestry in America, were developed in Italy in the second half of the 19th century.
Photo by Ale Gambini – A Queen In The Kitchen
Servings : 6
Difficulty : intermediate
Prep Time : 40 min.
Cook Time : 35 min.
1 package (12 oz) fresh lasagna sheets
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 garlic clove
2 large zucchini
2 medium potatoes
1 cup water, warm
2 cups whole milk, warm
4 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tbsp flour
1 pinch ground nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
Preheat oven at 350 F degrees.
Wash, dry and cut into thin rounds the zucchini.
Peel, wash, dry and cut into thin rounds the potatoes.
In a large skillet, brown the garlic with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Remove the garlic and add zucchini and potatoes. Sauté for a couple of minutes, than add 1 cup of warm water, salt and pepper to taste and cook at medium heat until tender.
In the meantime, prepare the béchamel sauce melting the butter in a medium sauce pan over low heat. Remove the butter from heat then add the flour and stir until smooth. Slowly pour in the warm milk, whisking continuously. Return the mixture over medium heat, add nutmeg and cook until just thick. Set aside.
Boil the lasagna sheets on a large skillet of salted boiling water for a couple of minutes, then remove and lay on a kitchen towel to dry.
To assemble the Lasagna, grease the bottom of a rectangular baking dish with a knob of butter then spread over a couple of tablespoons of béchamel sauce. Place the first layer of lasagna sheets than some zucchini and potatoes, spread over some béchamel sauce and sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano.
Repeat (lasagna sheets, béchamel sauce, zucchini and potatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano) for other 3 times or until all the ingredients are gone. (I usually prepare my lasagna with no more than 4 layers).
Cook for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.