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August 15, 2011

Tried 'n' True: Lasagna recipe a fun way to use zucchini

A gentleman at my church is allergic to a lot of foods. I don’t know how to cook for him normally, but I came across this recipe at a church function I attended. It is gluten free. It is also made with zucchini. I’ve had it with hamburger and ground turkey (I like dark meat). They are both good. Turkey is best for a light lasagna. It also calls for fresh oregano. I usually don’t have that, so I use dried. Don’t be afraid to try different spices. This is a fun way to use zucchini.

Zucchini Ribbon Lasagna

(gluten-free)

For sauce: (three cups)

1 can (28 oz.) whole peeled plum tomatoes with juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped (1 cup)

1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

12 oz. ground turkey, preferable dark meat

2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

2 tablespoon coarse salt

For Lasagna:

2 medium zucchini, trimmed, sliced lengthwise thin

1 cup part-skim Ricotta cheese

1⁄4 teaspoon olive oil

Make sauce: Pulse tomatoes with juice in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and red pepper flakes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about eight minutes. Add turkey. Cook, breaking up any large pieces, until browned, three to four minutes. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer until thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in oregano and salt. Let cool.

Make lasagna: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise into thin strips using a sharp knife. Place 5 or 6 zucchini slices overlapping slightly in the bottom of an 8-inch square pan baking dish. Top with one cup sauce. Dot with 1⁄4 cup Ricotta. Repeat twice with zucchini, sauce and 1⁄2 cup Ricotta; alternating direction, brush with oil. Dot with remaining 1⁄4 cup Ricotta. Season with pepper. Bake uncovered until lasagna bubbles and top browns. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.

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