I love lasagna. I mean, who doesn’t? Pasta smothered in cheesy goodness, with more cheese goodness on top and oh yeah, maybe some vegetables in between. When I’ve made lasagna in the past, it is usually an all afternoon process, in which I seem to dirty every pan and bowl in my house. Sometimes it’s fun to spend a lot of time putting a dish together, it’s never fun doing all the dishes afterwards.
The moral of this story is to always trust your first instinct! I was going to make this exact dish last week, but decided to use the same components, save for having the white beans whole rather than puréed, but went against my better instinct and made it with linguine instead. While the flavors were good, it was so liquid-y I knew it would be better in lasagna form. And not to toot my own horn, but this turned our really well (toot toot!). When I was telling people I put the vegetables and noodles in the pan raw, allowing the liquid from the vegetables to cook the noodles, I was told that apparently this is already a thing. I thought I was pretty smart, because it worked perfectly. And skipping the vegetable and noodle prep means this took 30 minutes from first chop to oven!
I realize it’s not exactly lasagna weather, but who doesn’t love summer squash?!
- 15 oz. part skim Ricotta cheese
- 2 whole large eggs
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
- 2 large (or 3 small) yellow crookneck squash
- 5 small (or 3 large) zucchini
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped oregano
White Bean Mixture:
- 2 15 oz. cans cannellini beans
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1/2 cup grated mozarella cheese
Use the slicer attachment of a food processor to make 1/4” slices of both types of squash. Add squash to a large bowl with chopped oregano and mix well.
Purée the white beans, lemon juice and zest and salt in the food processor. Drizzle in the olive oil until you have a hummus-like consistency. Set aside.
Add the ricotta, mozzarella, eggs and fresh basil to a small bowl and use a fork to combine. Set aside.
Spread about 1 cup of white bean mixture in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish. Cover with 4 lasagna noodles, 3 lengthwise in the pan, and 1 perpendicular to those three. Top with about 1/3 of your ricotta mixture, then about 1/4 of the vegetables. Don’t worry about the vegetables overlapping, just make sure the layer is roughly even. Cover the vegetables with 1/3 of the remaining white bean mixture, and top with another 4 lasagna noodles. Repeat the layering of ricotta, vegetables and white bean mixture until you have used all the lasagna noodles. Cover the last layer of lasagna noodles with the remaining 1/4 of the sliced vegetables. Cover the top layer of vegetables with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese.
Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the noodles pierce easily with a fork. Remove the foil, and allow the cheese to slightly brown, about 10 minutes.