Summery Zucchini Tomato Lasagna – Secret Recipe Club

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It’s time for another Secret Recipe Club post which I look forward to all month – it’s such a cool way to meet different food bloggers and get a sense of community going, too – check out the SRC site if you are interested in joining in on the fun!

This month I was assigned India @ A Vegan Obsession – she’s a gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan blogger  from the UK and I must say, though I don’t follow this lifestyle, India’s pretty darn creative when it comes to cooking (case in point, check out this Pulled “Pork” Jackfruit with Crunchy Apple Cabbage Slaw – so interesting!)

But with our summer bounty of yummy fruits and veggies starting to hit, I knew I wanted to make her Summery Zucchini Lasagna.

Zucchini (or courgettes as they are referred to across the pond) and tomatoes are just a few of many many things I love about summer. Throw in some fresh mozzarella cheese, good olive oil, salt & pepper and I’m in heaven. Or take it a step further as India did with this recipe and make a pesto topping with fresh basil, olive oil and garlic.

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The tweaks I made to her original recipe included using real fresh mozzarella cheese and garlic scapes from my CSA share in place of the garlic (anyone else crazy for garlic scapes like I am?) I also added some mint to my pesto, simply because I didn’t have enough basil but it was still yummy. I also ended up roasting some grape tomatoes as we have yet to get prime beefsteak tomatoes season here.

Summery Zucchini Tomato Lasagna – Secret Recipe Club

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    For the tomatoes:
  • 1 quart grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic scape or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt & pepper
  • For the "lasagna noodles"
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise, 1/8-inch thick
  • For the pesto:
  • 1 cup fresh basil (you can use some mint in place of basil)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic scape or 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a roasting pan, add tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Put in oven and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. When done, set aside.
  2. While tomatoes are roasting, heat over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and grill zucchini slices (about 2 1/2 minutes per side.) Add extra oil to pan as needed until all slices are grilled. Set aside.
  3. To make the pesto, add basil, 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic and lemon juice to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  4. To make dish, divide tomato sauce, zucchini noodles, pesto and cheese into four portions for four plates. Layer a few zucchini slices, a spoonful of tomato sauce, a slice of mozzarella, a dollop of pesto and repeat until you make four separate stacks. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each stack. Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from A Vegan Obsession's Summery Zucchini Lasagna

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I served these in stacks like India did but next time, I think I’ll layer the whole thing in a lasagna pan and then heat it in the oven just to melt the cheese a little bit. Dare I say that I can’t wait for zucchini overload in the next few months? Anyone else with me??

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What are your favorite veggies (or fruits!) to grill in the summer?



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Comments

  1. You had me at Lasagna! I love this twist on my favorite food. This recipe is simple enough I could make a single serving for lunch! Come on zucchini and tomato plants. Grow! Grow! Grow! I can’t wait to try this.
    Toni recently posted..SRC: Chocolate Fudge Brownie ParcelsMy Profile

  2. This just screams summer! I’m a Group A member, but stepped in this week to help out an orphan. It’s nice to be introduced to some new bloggers as I peruse this week’s offerings!
    Camilla @ Culinary Adventures recently posted..Supplì al TelefonoMy Profile

  3. GORGEOUS! Wow, that is some seriously awesome color – the perfect way to celebrate summer. :)
    sara recently posted..Austrian Orange CakeMy Profile

  4. What gorgeous photos!! I was your SRC pal this month. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. x

  5. I love veggie lasagnas that are ALL veggies. This is so pretty!
    Sues recently posted..Breakfast Risotto with Bacon and Poached EggMy Profile

  6. YUM! This is on the menu for next week! Love the tweaks you made to it. And, I’ve got a few garlic scapes left…

  7. This looks like a very refreshing summertime dinner!
    oureatinghabits recently posted..Asparagus Dill QuicheMy Profile

  8. This looks delicious! Always looking for new zucchini recipes and this lasagna looks perfect – awesome SRC pick :-)
    AmandaE recently posted..Come TogetherMy Profile

  9. This looks so healthy and delicious Deanna! I’ve never tried mint in pesto before, but sounds like a yummy addition!
    thespicyrd recently posted..Orange Honey Cheesecake BarsMy Profile

  10. The zucchini overflow has already hit our CSA box, and this looks terrific in using up the crazy amount of basil I also have in the garden. Great SRC post.

    Denise

  11. Yum! I love everything in this recipe! Definitely have to give it a try!

  12. Yum, this looks like a light and fresh dinner perfect for summer. I am not a huge zucchini fan, but I think I may try this with summer squash!
    Karen- Cinnamon Freud recently posted..Flourless Chocolate Chip Almond Butter CookiesMy Profile

  13. I cant wait for my tomatoes to ripen and make this. I have lots of vegetarian friends who will love this!

  14. This looks beautiful and delish! I have to make this. I have tomatoes and zucchini in the garden now. I’d love it if you’d link this to What’d You Do This Weekend?

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda
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  15. soooooo fresh and delicious…perfect way to utilize this summer squash!

  16. A beautiful summer dish. So fresh and a great way to keep it light. Will be pinning this one.
    Gloria – The Ginger Snap Girl recently posted..Blueberry MuffinsMy Profile

  17. Such a timely recipe, I’ll put this one on the list for the summer harvest. And such a colorful serving too.
    Rhonda recently posted..Pressure Cooker Elk Steak Pizzaiola over Pine Nut Pearl CouscousMy Profile

  18. This is such a great idea. I’ve gone totally overboard with the carbs lately, so this is such a wonderful way to get the same flavor…without busting out of my bathing suit
    Feast on the Cheap recently posted..Warm German Potato Salad with Crispy BaconMy Profile

  19. how in love with you am I right now?? Everything about this post is spectacular – from the CSA mention to the garlic scapes to the fresh Summer veggies… Zucchini and Tom-Toms are two of my most treasured farmers market finds… I used to have tomato plants but the new place I’m living in has no outdoor space anymore.

    Pinning for future use :) Happy SRC Reveal from a fellow group C member!
    kristy @ gastronomical soveriegnty recently posted..June SRC Reveal: Garden GimletMy Profile

  20. I used to make a zucchini lasagna, but it was certainly not this gorgeous!! I hope to try it this summer…it looks delish!!
    Liz recently posted..Cheese and Tomato Galette #TuesdayswithDorieMy Profile

  21. Yum! What a fantastic way to enjoy zucchini this summer. I will have to try to remember this recipe :)
    Melissa recently posted..Shepherd’s PieMy Profile

  22. I have some garlic scapes I need to do something with as well. This sounds delicious and a great veggie meal.
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  23. this looks absolutely amazing – I could definitely give this a try!
    Tandy recently posted..Fyndraai At Solms-Delta, FranschhoekMy Profile

  24. Who’d miss the pasta with this gorgeous dish? Love it!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..5 Minute (Microwave) Coffee Cake in a Jar ~ #SundaySupper Desserts In Jars Summer Tour!My Profile

  25. These look fabulous! I love roasted tomatoes!
    ~Jamie (visiting from src group c)
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  26. Lasagna???? Nice side salad but Lasagna is a real stretch!!!!!

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