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Zucchini and Corn Lasagna

Photo: Eva Kolenko; Styling: Karen Shinto

Total time 2 hrs

Serves 8

In this vegetable-centric (and gluten-free) dish, zucchini takes the place of the usual pasta. You can use green or yellow squash, or both. A handheld slicer makes quick work of cutting the squash.


  • 3 1/2 pounds green or yellow zucchini (10 medium), ends trimmed, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups raw corn kernels (from 2 or 3 ears corn)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 283
  • caloriesfromfat 60 %
  • protein 15 g
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 9.1 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 2.5 g
  • sodium 492 mg
  • cholesterol 68 mg

How to Make It

  1. Line 3 rimmed baking sheets with paper towels and arrange zucchini in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tsp. salt and set aside 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a grill to medium (350° to 450°). Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add corn and thyme and cook until corn is just hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in ricotta, half of parmesan, the egg, basil, chives, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Press water out of zucchini with more paper towels and remove all paper towels from baking sheets. Brush zucchini all over with remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Grill half of zucchini, turning once, until grill marks appear, 2 to 4 minutes; transfer to rimmed baking sheets as cooked. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

  4. Butter bottom of a 9- by 13-in. baking dish with 1/2 tbsp. butter. Arrange a quarter of zucchini ribbons crosswise in ­bottom of dish, overlapping slightly. Evenly spread a third of corn-ricotta mixture over zucchini. Repeat process 2 more times, ending with zucchini. Sprinkle remaining parmesan on top and dot with remaining 1 tbsp. butter.

  5. Bake until lasagna turns golden brown, about 45 minutes, rotating dish halfway through for even browning. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

  6. Make ahead: Through step 4, up to 1 day, chilled; bake about 55 minutes.