Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups

4 servings

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ricotta

2 tablespoons olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed, divided

1 can (28oz) whole tomatoes

3 large zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise with a mandoline

1½ teaspoons fine sea salt, divided

½ cup basil leaves, finely chopped

¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg

1 teaspoon minced dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (optional)

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4oz)

1 bag (1 cup) Asiago and Pepper Jack Whisps, finely crushed

 

Directions:

  1. Place ricotta in a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and let drain while you prepare the sauce.
  2. In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium. Add 4 of the minced garlic cloves and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally and pressing tomatoes against the side of the pan to break them up, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, in a colander combine zucchini strips with 1 teaspoon salt and let drain for 15 minutes. Rinse zucchini, then transfer to a kitchen towel and pat dry.
  4. Preheat oven to 375℉. Lightly oil a 9” baking dish.
  5. In a medium bowl stir to combine drained ricotta, basil, Parmesan, egg, rosemary, thyme, lemon zest, pepper, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 clove garlic.
  6. Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce into the prepared baking dish. Top each zucchini strip with a spoonful of ricotta mixture, roll up, and place seam-side down in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over zucchini, and sprinkle with mozzarella and Whisps.
  7. Bake until heated through and browned, 15-20 minutes.