Eggplant & zucchini noodle-free lasagna

You may or may not be thinking, “Noodle-free lasagna? That makes no sense and it defies the very dictionary definition of lasagna!!!!”

OK… So you’re probably not thinking that, but I am (because I am crazy and I may or may not have looking up lasagna in the dictionary: “pasta in the form of wide strips”). But you know what, as much as I love the dictionary that book needs to chill out and take a bite out of this noodle-less lasagna.

Because it is goooooooooood. And it also features this giant eggplant and fresh, green zucchinis. Now you’re thinking, “Noodle-who?” Right?

Admittedly, this recipe was born out of an insatiable craving for both eggplant parm and zucchini lasagna… Hybridity at its most delicious.

This is for cozy evenings and watching countless episodes of How I Met Your Mother… the cheesiest TV show for the cheesiest meal.

Eggplant & Zucchini Noodle-Free Lasagna

1 large eggplant

3 zucchinis

Olive oil

Salt & pepper

1 yellow onion

2-4 cloves of garlic

18 oz ricotta

Red pepper flakes

24 oz marinara sauce

1 cup roughly chopped basil (essentially, a bunch of basil [no need to measure if you love basil!])

8 oz fresh mozzarella

1 tbs melted butter

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 375°.

Slice eggplant and zucchinis lengthwise into approximately 1/4-inch pieces. Arrange on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt & pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, or until soft and the edges are beginning to broil. Lower heat to 350°.

While veggies are roasting: sauté onion and garlic in a small pan. Set aside once soft and mix with ricotta & red pepper flakes (to taste) in a small bowl.

To assemble: coat the bottom of a baking pan with marinara sauce to prevent burning. Arrange the roasted eggplant and zucchini strips, add a layer of the ricotta mixture, sprinkle chopped basil and REPEAT until done with remaining ingredients. Top with fresh mozzarella slices. Mix the panko with melted butter and sprinkle atop lasagna.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese and breadcrumbs are golden! C’est tout.

Happy Sunday-almost-Monday!

-Taissa

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