A good friend of mine from church turned me onto this recipe posted by Skinnytaste.com. I have made this before and it is absolutely delicious!! I lost the recipe and until now I haven’t made it so I decided to share it with you all like I do many other recipes I find online. (some are altered to our taste or liking)
- 1 lb 93% lean beef
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 onion
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick
- 15 oz part-skim ricotta
- 16 oz part-skin mozzarella cheese, shredded (Sargent’o)
- 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1 large egg
- Madeline slicer, optional but makes it much easier. 🙂
1. In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat. Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic and onions about 2 minutes. Return the meat to the pan, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer on low for at least 30-40 minutes, covered. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.
2. Meanwhile, slice zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices, add lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. (JG’s note: I personally use a Madeline Slicer for recipes like this to make sure the food is slices in uniform slices and everything cooks evenly.) Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel.
3. On a gas grill or grill pan, grill zucchini on each side, until cooked, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on paper towels to soak any excess moisture.
4. Preheat oven to 350°.
5. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and egg. Stir well.
6. In a 9×12 casserole spread some sauce on the bottom and layer the zucchini to cover. Then place some of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with the mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all your ingredients are used up. Top with sauce and mozzarella and cover with foil.
7. Bake 45 minutes covered at 375°, then uncovered 15 minutes. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.