Easy Zucchini Lasagna

Delicious, cheesy, and comforting Zucchini Lasagna! This low carb recipe will give you ALL the feels of classic lasagna – but with less guilt by using zucchini noodles. Layers of garlic-y flavor, fresh basil, and so much cheesy goodness. This recipe is soo delicious you won’t even miss using pasta!

a white dish with zucchini lasagna on a white counter with a gray napkin on the side.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of anything that has to do with pasta, luscious red sauce, and CHEESE. I’m obsessed with Italian food, but I try to keep it in balance because Italian cuisine tends to be higher in carbs.

This week we enjoyed this delicious and savory lasagna made with zucchini noodles. Yes, I said ZUCCHINI. As in, no pasta noodles – just layers of sliced zucchini, fresh basil, rich tomato sauce, and so.much.cheese!

Lower carbs but still all the cozy, cheesy lasagna feels. This recipe is soo delicious and satisfying that you won’t even miss using pasta! 

What You Need to Make It

Zucchini: you can also use yellow squash or eggplant slices.
Tomato sauce: we love using my family’s san marzano tomato sauce or Rao’s marinara sauce.
Ricotta: to help prevent less moisture you can strain the ricotta.
Parmesan: using pre-shredded parmesan in lasagna helps lessen the possibility of more moisture.
Mozzarella: use pre-shredded mozzarella if possible to keep the lasagna from building more moisture.
Basil: fresh basil adds so much flavor to any lasagna. This is for layering throughout the lasagna and garnishing on top.
Egg: we love using vital farm pasture-raised eggs.
Garlic: fresh garlic has strong flavor and recommended most. But you can also swap with 1 tsp garlic powder per clove.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles Less Watery

A hand patting dry zucchini noodles on paper towels.

  1. Salt and dry zucchini. Lay sliced zucchini noodles on paper towels with a little salt over top. Let salt sit for 10 minutes then dry zucchini with paper towels – press down using hands to absorb as much moisture as possible.
  2. Choose your baking vessel wisely. You want to make sure you bake your zucchini lasagna in a pan/dish that conducts heat well – like a heavy stoneware dish or stainless steel pan.

How to Make Zucchini Lasagna – step by step

step by step photos showing how to make zucchini lasagna

  • (1) Mix basil, egg, parmesan cheese, pepper, and minced garlic together in a bowl. 
  • (2-3) After salting and drying zucchini slices start layering your lasagna in a 13×9 baking dish: thin layer of sauce, zucchini noodles, ricotta, mozzarella cheese. Repeat until finished. 
  • (4) Top lasagna with sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes then broil for 1 minute to brown cheese. 

How to Reheat

If refrigerated or frozen, the lasagna can be easily reheated.

For refrigerated lasagna: preheat oven to 350F and reheat for around 15 minutes until warm.
For frozen lasagna that is unbaked: let thaw and bake at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes until cheese is browned and bubbling. 

Extra Recipe Tips

Tip

Slice Vegetables Like a Pro

Mandoline Slicer

I love using this mandoline slicer to get consistent cuts of zucchini for this recipe – it makes my life so much easier! It's a safe and efficient way to slice all types of vegetables. A must-have for your kitchen.

  • Use a mandoline slicer for slicing zucchini noodles. If you are experienced with a chef’s knife and feel comfortable, you can slice the zucchini noodles with a knife. Please be very careful doing this step. 
  • For this recipe you can use your favorite store-bought sauce or my family’s famous San Marzano Tomato Sauce. 
  • I used just fresh basil in this recipe to make it super simple. You can also add other herbs like oregano and thyme as well. 

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Easy Zucchini Lasagna

4.7 from 13 votes

Delicious, cheesy, and comforting Zucchini Lasagna! This low carb recipe will give you ALL the feels of classic lasagna – but with less guilt by using zucchini noodles. Layers of garlic-y flavor, fresh basil, and so much cheesy goodness. This recipe is soo delicious you won’t even miss using pasta!

Servings 8 slices
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Tags: healthy lasagna, how to make zucchini lasagna, zucchini lasagna
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 3 cups tomato sauce

Ricotta filling

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cups parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (for dried basil use 2 Tablespoons)

Instructions

  1. See notes for how to slice zucchini noodles. 

  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Lay zucchini noodles on paper towels and sprinkle with course sea salt – let sit for 10 minutes so zucchini sweats any access moisture. Use paper towels to press and dry zucchini noodles. 

  3. Mix all of ricotta filling ingredients together in bowl.

  4. In a 13×9 baking dish/pan layer lasagna – thin layer of sauce, zucchini noodles, ricotta filling, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat until finished. On top layer with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. 

  5. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered then broil for 1 to 2 minutes until cheese is browned. Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil. Slice and enjoy! 

Notes

Tips

  • Use a mandoline slicer for slicing zucchini noodles. If you are experienced with a chef’s knife and feel comfortable, you can slice the zucchini noodles with a knife. Please be very careful doing this step. 
  • For this recipe you can use your favorite store-bought sauce or my family’s famous San Marzano Tomato Sauce. 
  • I used just fresh basil in this recipe to make it super simple. You can also add other herbs like oregano and thyme as well. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Zucchini Lasagna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.3g13%
Cholesterol 58.2mg19%
Carbohydrates 8.7g3%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 22.8g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bethany Kramer is a home cook, recipe developer, and dog mom. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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