This casserole is soooooo good! My family doesn't even know (by taste at least) that the zucchini is there. I used tomato sauce that I seasoned with garlic, chopped onion, and Italian seasoning rather than a store-bought spaghetti sauce. I also used saltine crackers that I had made into crumbs with my food processor instead of bread crumbs. The original proportions of the recipe make for a large pan of the casserole. The second time I made it I used 1.5 times the ingredients and put it into two 9"x13" pans. I froze one and cooked the other. When I wanted to cook the frozen one, I thawed it and then cooked it in the oven. It was just as wonderful as if I had made it that day.
This far exceeded my expectations--it's absolutely delicious. I made 1/2 the recipe, used seasoned Italian dry bread crumbs, and chopped fresh basil (about 2 TB) into the cottage cheese. Also used 1% cottage cheese, a simple canned tomato sauce rather than spaghetti sauce, and a shredded mozzarella & provolone mix. Baked about 10 minutes longer than suggested and let it sit for about 5 min or so before cutting. Half the recipe fit perfectly into an 8x8 pan. Serving size as given is a little small unless you have a small appetite or are also serving lots of sides. I served with a a green salad w. croutons (lots, since there's no pasta & I didn't have bread), and my husband ate two pieces. What a great recipe!
I was looking for recipes for zucchini to use up the abundance of zucchini from my garden. This recipe was absolutely delicious!!! It was very easy to prepare. My husband said he liked this as well as my regular lasagna (and he LOVES my regular lasagna!!). I will definately be making this again!!! I tried to post a picture of it, but was not able to get the picture to upload.
I make this all the time. We try to stay away from pasta and rice, so this is a great way to make a lasagna-style meal without all of the carbs. My picky kids like it a lot too.
I don't cook very often and I'm really slow in the kitchen. I started at 8 PM and finished at 10.For me that was a great accomplishment! Next time it should take less time as I spent a lot of time trying not to make mistakes. I was very pleased at the outcome. It was very delicious and not salty, but very flavorful. Easy enough that I would try it without having the recipe in front of me next time. I substituted Provolone cheese for the Mozarella and sprinkled a little Parmesan on top.
Very good and very simple, quick to put together. Next time I'm going to try it with some spicy sausage instead of the ground turkey I used this time. Its a good use for all the zuchini garden bounty!
We used MorningStar crumbles instead of ground round and it was delicious! The flavor is awesome!
I followed the recipe, with the exception of adding fresh herbs instead of dried since they were growing in the front yard. It was tasty, and my husband that doesn't love zucchini agreed. Unlike a previous reviewer though, we both missed the noodles and found it a bit like eating really cheesy spaghetti sauce. I'd probably make it again, but add noodle layers into it. We scooped it onto good, crusty bread, which works pretty well too. By itself though, it's just missing something.
My husband liked it even more than regular lasagna!
This recipe is a keeper! I added fresh corn right off the cob to the sauce, forgot to add the egg to the cottage cheese, and sprinkled feta on top. Next time I'll add more garlic. It was like a tasty veggie/meat lasagna but we didn't miss the noodles!
My family this recipe! I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I also added a second layer of zucchini in the middle as I layered the rest of the ingredients. I know this step was not explained in the recipe, but I felt it was necessary.
Better than expected! I divided the ingredients in half in order to make fewer servings. I added lots of fresh basil in the marinara sauce, and chopped onion with the burger. I used two zucchini, sliced thin lengthwise - but I should have used at least three, since it does "shrink" a bit. I can't wait to make this again!
I have to say this is very easy to prepare and so delicious. Everyone in my family loves it too. The only problem is that it goes too quickly!!
This was fantastic. I also cut my zucchini lengthwise and I think that helped it to stay together. I did boil it but then let it dry flat on paper towels. This helped absorb the extra water. I used more garlic and in the future I would also use mushrooms and spinach. I also let it sit for about 15 minutes before cutting into it. I was careful how to cut it and scoop it out so it kept it's shape and didnt glop all over as other reviews mentioned. I will make this again!
This was delicious. I thought it would take longer to make b/c I made my own sauce, but it was so quick and easy. I wouldn't suggest adding anything else to it. I found it even better the next day. My husband and sister loved it. I will be adding this to my regular recipe list.