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Sauceless Garden Lasagna Recipe

Sauceless Garden Lasagna

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"This is a tasty lasagna that I developed to help use up the abundance of tomatoes and zucchini from my garden. I didn't have any pasta sauce on hand, so I just added the herbs to the vegetable mixture. Even my daughter and her picky friends ate it!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9x9-inch dish Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly coat a 9x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, garlic, red onion, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and feta cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and stir in basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture until evenly blended.
  3. Place a layer of lasagna noodles into the bottom of the prepared pan. Make a layer of tomato slices over the noodles. Spread a generous amount of the spinach mixture over the tomatoes. Don't worry, it shrinks a lot while cooking. Lay slices of tomatoes over the spinach mixture, then another layer of noodles. Start with another layer of tomatoes on top of the noodles, and repeat layering until the dish is heaped with lasagna, ending with the vegetable mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until noodles, and vegetables are tender. Let stand for a few minutes to set, then slice and serve.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 07, 2007

Fantastic dish! The aroma from the kitchen while this was baking was incredible. Don't be afraid to use the vinegar--as long as you're using Balsamic, it won't have a "vinegary" taste!! I added an extra clove of garlic (because we LOVE garlic) and didn't use feta since I didn't have any (just added extra mozzarella). Be sure to let the lasagna rest for at least 25 minutes when you take it out of the oven or else you'll end up with a watery mess. Letting it rest allows the cheese to firm up enough to hold the lasagna together, and allows the veggies and pasta to absorb the juices.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2007


Jun 30, 2007

This was so so good! I was really worried about having lots of extra liquid, but that didnt happen at all. I used about 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of feta. I seeded the tomatoes before I put them in which might be why I didnt have lots of excess liquid. Also, don't put the cheese on top of the lasagna right away, but wait until the last ten minutes. I let it bake for 35 min then added the top cheese layer and left it for 10 more min.

Jul 07, 2008

This is amazing!! Really very good! I used a 9 x 13 inch pan and didnt use the full amount of tomatoes b/c someone mentioned it was too much. I ran out of tomatoes after the very first layer =( I noticed that everyone had the problem of the veggies releasing liquid in the oven so i precooked all the veggies except the spinach. I drizzles the tomatoes with olive oil, diced garlic cloves, salt + pepper and stuck them in the oven for 20 mins. The dish was filled with liquid when i took it out i just picked out the tomatoes with tongs. I fried the zucchini and red onion in some veggie oil for a few mins so they didnt release so much liquid while baking. I also added olives and a yellow pepper to the spinach mixture. Also since i ran out of tomatoes, i used spaghetti sauce for the other layers. It was really good. You can just use some spaghetti sauce and it works just as well as tomatoes. i really loved it. im going to make it again today and i just made this yesterday!!!

Jun 21, 2005

This a light, nice twist on lasagna. Good taste, definitely add extra mozza and feta! Just one complaint, the vegetables produced too much liquid for the noodles to absorb despite my cooking it for an hour. I would recommend extra layers of noodles or perhaps a breadcrumb layer to absorb. My Neanderthal man was a bit leery due to no meat and so many vegetables; making the dish suspiciously "chick food"... but he tried it and went back for seconds.

Nov 02, 2004

This is the freshest tasting lasagna I have ever eaten.Does not sit heavy in your stomach after you have finished.My vegetarian daughter loves it.I have made it many times and it never fails to impress.

Apr 02, 2007

YUM!! I added extra spinach and used all fat free cheese, as well as no oil. I also added a little bit of tomato sauce between the layers. This was delicious!! Very fresh! The fresh basil really makes this recipe, so don't leave that part out!! Thanks for the great recipe :) Great way to get a few serving of vegetables in!

May 05, 2005

Thank you SO much Emily B for this recipe! In general, a wonderful vegetarian dish, to use up and veggies youve got laying around, or from the garden! I however, did have pasta sauce- I used Classico's Tomato and Basil. I substituted this for the tomatoes, and just made a thin coating of it on top of the noodles, or whenever called for. Other things i changed, just because it was what i had or needed to use up: Frozen spinach instead of fresh (about half a bag), yellow onion instead of red, 1 whole cup (at least) mozzarella inside the dish itself, and more for topping, 1 whole cup feta, dried basil and dried oregano, spoonful of minced garlic, a fat pinch of fresh thyme, 2 shallots, just one big glug of balsamic (im not a huge fan) and three glugs of olive oil. Also, this fit in a 13x9 pan all the way up to the rim, and i had to end up cooking mine probably for 50 minutes. The result is fresh, zesty, and generally attractive. I probably wont use the Thyme next time- thought it came out too overpowering, and i might add more feta to it, just because i love feta. A nice medely, even with the sauce instead of tomatoes- I might try it sauce-less next time, just to see how it turnes out. Good way to get your veggies in, and use them up before they go bad. Absolutley excellent, easy, versitile, healthy, vegetarian, main dish!


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  • Calories
  • 286 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.3 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 15.5 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 12.9 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 576 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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