As I type up this post, I’m enjoying the fact that I finally have a moment to myself after a long week of work, shuttling the kids to and from school, finishing breakfast, baths, and dinner in record time so we’re not late dance class, karate, swimming, or tumbling. Weeks like these call for quick and easy dinners, which is why Spiralized Zucchini Lasagna Casserole definitely fits the bill.
This casserole is one of those classic, no fuss, throw-it-all-in-the dish type dinners. It’s also low carb and lightened up thanks to the spiralized zucchini. You won’t even miss the noodles. I promise! And the best part is that you probably have most, if not all of the ingredients already in your fridge and pantry. And if you don’t, the ingredients are basic enough to make it a quick grocery run. Here are the ingredients you need:
- Marinara sauce (We all have a favorite brand and flavor. Use it in this dish!)
- Ground turkey or beef (Or any ground meat will do)
- Mushrooms (Completely optional. I enjoyed the extra meaty texture they added)
- Zucchini (or yellow summer squash or both)
- Ricotta cheese (Cottage cheese works too)
- Mozzarella cheese (or any type of shredded white Italian cheese like provolone)
Substitutions are totally welcome in this dish! Don’t like ground turkey? Use ground beef or leave out the meat to make it vegetarian. Don’t like mushrooms? Leave them out or add in chopped bell pepper. Use cottage cheese or mascarpone instead of ricotta.
To prep, you’ll brown the turkey, spiralize the zucchini (Blade D on The Inspiralizer), and then take the zucchini noodles and mushrooms for a quick sauté in the pan to release some of the excess moisture. This extra step is really important otherwise the casserole tends to get a little watery. Once everything’s prepped, start layering: sauce, turkey, mushrooms, zucchini noodles and ricotta. Repeat the layers 2 times and top with the remaining sauce and bake until bubbling hot. Then, sprinkle some shredded mozzarella over the top to add that gooey melted cheese finish.
Quick, easy, and healthy is the name of the game with this recipe. But it’s also full of pure Italian comfort food flavor. Take the stress out of dinner and put this Spiraled Zucchini Lasagna Casserole on your menu for the week.
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