I came home with a huge bag of tomatoes from my sister's garden last week and my mom then dropped off another huge bag of them at my house. I also scored a couple of free over-sized zucchini. I made this amazing Tyler Florence tomato soup recipe (you can get it on food network) and with the rest of the fresh homegrown goodies we are going to have Xaver's famous Zucchini Lasagna tonight.

Let me back up a minute. Last night we bought a pie from Cutie Pie That! and, trying to be healthier, we figured it is better to share the pie than eat it all by ourselves (though we could polish off that pie no problem between the 4 of us! LOL). So we invited my parents over for dinner tonight because they have been wanting to try Xaver's lasagna.

The first time Xaver made this, we finished off the whole 9×12 Pyrex of it in one sitting. Good Lord we sound like total pigs! I forgive us because it is mostly vegetables with a tad of meat and a bit of cheese. We can be excused for that, right?

So here is how it is made:

  • 2-3 large Zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 15-20 Basil leaves, fresh, chopped
  • 1 lb Italian sausage or ground beef
  • 4 oz of grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 6-8 fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • 8-12 oz Pasta Sauce (canned or fresh)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown the Italian sausage or ground beef adding garlic and onions to it. Drain and set aside. Use a Mandolin to thinly slice zucchini. Blanche the Zucchini slices, drain and pat dry with a towel. Layer the slices in a 9×12 pan as if they were lasagna noodles. Cover with a layer of sauce (home made or store bought) and chopped basil. Then add a layer of sliced tomatoes. Then sprinkle with crumbled Italian sausage or ground beef.  Repeat to fill the pan. Sprinkle shredded Mozzarella  and Parmesan  cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until the cheese and sauce is bubbling.

Mmmm, it is so yummy! And, most vegetables! Now, off to work on crafty things…have a wonderful day!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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