Michel and I both had office closures on Friday. He had to pay a visit to the DMV, so I had an extra staycation day to myself. I cleaned my apartment, ran errands, caught up on my writing and went on an afternoon run around the lake.
It was dark and overcast all day, so by the time I got home, all I wanted to do was take a hot shower, turn on one of my favorite podcasts and make something warm and hearty for dinner. I also wanted to make something that Michel would enjoy after a 4-hour DMV trip (no joke). Italian is his favorite, so lasagne it was!
I’ve made a couple gluten-free variations of a zucchini “noodle” lasagne, but this was the first time I adapted my recipe to make it paleo too. And it was sooooo good. Yes, even without the cheese!
- 5 medium zucchinis
- 1 lb spicy Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp red cayenne pepper
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 casserole dish. (I used coconut oil spray.)
- Cut zucchinis lengthwise into very thin slices.
- Place zucchini slices on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Pop the sheet in the oven (at 350°F) for 10 minutes to dry zucchini out and prevent a watery lasagna.
- In a large skillet, saute the onion and garlic until translucent – about 5 minutes.
- Add the red bell pepper, ground beef and crumbled sausage. Season with oregano, dried basil and cayenne pepper, and cook until brown.
- Add tomato ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place half of your sliced zucchini at the bottom of your 8×8 dish, then add a hearty layer of meat/sauce.
- Add a second layer of zucchini, and top with the remaining meat and sauce.
- Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
I served my lasagne with a side of steamed broccoli. Asparagus or a spinach salad would be delish too.
I already can’t wait to dig into the leftovers!