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Easy, Meatless Lasagna with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Tofu

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This vegetarian version of comfort food starts with a base of tofu then is layered with flavorful, aphrodisiac ingredients. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Dish Type Lasagna
Cooking Style Vegetarian
Diet and Health Healthy
Ingredient tofu
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 6 servings
Author Delahna Flagg

Ingredients

for the lasagna:

  • approx 9 sheets Lasagna noodles
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 10 fresh basil leaves cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade)
  • 8 oz mozzarella Bocconcini
  • 1 cup parmesan grated
  • 1 tbsp red crushed pepper
  • 1/2 lb medium firm tofu drained for 1 hour in a colander and patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

for the sauce:

  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp red crushed pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cook lasagna according to package instructions until al dente. Remove from water and thoroughly strain. Set aside.
  • Thinly slice zuchinni lengthwise and set aside.
  • Cut bocconcini in half. Set aside.
  • Combine basil, parmesan, crushed pepper, sea salt, and tofu in a bowl.

To assemble lasagna (from bottom to top):

  • Place 3 sheets of lasagna noodles at the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan.
  • Add a thin layer of zucchini.
  • Light layer of bocconcini (approximately 1/3 of your 8oz)
  • Layer of lasagna.
  • Add a 1/2 inch layer of cheese/tofu mixture
  • Continue with a thin layer of zucchini.
  • Layer of bocconcini.
  • Layer of lasagna.
  • Thin layer of zucchini.
  • Layer with the remaining cheese/tofu mixture and topped with bocconcini.
  • Cover the pan tightly with foil.
  • Bake in 350F oven for 45 minutes.

While Lasagna is baking, make the sauce:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  • Cook them low and slow.
  • Water will be released from the tomatoes. Reduce the liquid by half.
  • Once the lasagna is thoroughly cooked, pour the sauce over the lasagna and serve.