Three cheeses and thin, woven strips of zucchini make this one-pan classic a crowd-pleaser, whether you're cooking Sunday supper or planning for the family reunion. Use a mandoline slicer, not a vegetable peeler, to cut the thinnest zucchini strips. Once you've sliced the squash, the lasagna is a snap to put together—just layer the ingredients and bake.


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

Recipe Summary

1 hr 50 mins
30 mins
Serves 6


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Using a mandoline, shave zucchini lengthwise into very thin strips. Place about one-third of the strips in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle evenly with about one-third of the salt. Top with another layer of paper towels; repeat process twice. Let stand 10 minutes; gently press strips with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

  • Rub inside of a 13- x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with olive oil; rub entire inside surface with cut sides of garlic.

  • Place 3 lasagna noodles in bottom of prepared dish. (They will not cover entire surface but will expand when cooked.) Top with 1 cup marinara sauce, spreading evenly to cover noodles. Top evenly with 1⁄4 cup ricotta, 1⁄4 cup Parmesan, and 2 ounces mozzarella. Cover with about one-fourth of the zucchini strips; sprinkle with about 4 teaspoons basil and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Repeat layers twice. Layer with remaining 3 noodles, 1 cup marinara sauce, and 1⁄4 cup ricotta. Top with 1⁄4 cup Parmesan and remaining 2 ounces mozzarella. Arrange remaining zucchini strips on top in a lattice design. Sprinkle with remaining 1⁄4 cup Parmesan and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Cover with foil; bake in preheated oven 45 minutes. Remove foil; bake until top is lightly browned and noodles are tender, about 20 minutes more. Let stand at least 15 minutes before slicing.