Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Lasagna

Hello everyone! It has been quiet around here. Is everyone camping or getting ready to go camping for the 4th of July weekend? This is a quick and easy dish you could even prep ahead if you are going camping. It is easy lighter than lasagna and will fill up your hikers! But I just make now and then when we get a craving for something Italian in the summer. It is what I call Summer Lasagna~



I don't know where I spotted the recipe but it is almost as easy as making this collage of photos I took while cooking it! I can only give you my interpretation of the recipe it is one of those you look at once and go I've got it and spin your own twist to it!



Here is how it goes, If you have a home garden: Gather any fresh basil, garlic, zucchini and tomato from your garden. Give them a wash. (Or) purchase from the store or farmers market.

Needed items:
Tomatoes -  two baskets of Roma tomatoes ( if not fresh you will need 1-2 cans chopped tomatoes *size small for 2-3 people, large cans for 3+people
1 small can tomato sauce
Basil *fresh - handful about 1/4 cup
Garlic- 3-4 heads *peel and chop
Italian seasonings to taste
zucchini 1-2 optional *sliced thinly
Ricotta Cheese Lowfat
Lasagna Noodles about 2-3 per person
Olive Oil 2 tbsp
Shredded Parmesan or Romano Cheese

Peel and chop garlic, chop zucchini and then saute together in olive oil until garlic is translucent. Add in fresh washed tomatoes or canned tomatoes and small can of sauce. Add seasonings to your taste. Keep it lighter than normal.
Bring to boil then reduce to simmer for approx. 30min.
About 5 min prior to serving toss into sauce fresh chopped basil.
*Cook lasagna noodles according to package and drain. Add a touch of butter to noodles so they don't stick. Do this step prior to sauce being done. 

Plate the lasagna noodles, add sauce then Ricotta cheese *couple of tablespoons here and there. Then sprinkle with Shredded Parmesan cheese.

This is a simple way to have a version of Lasagna in the summer. The sauce is light,  its simple to make and ready quick. No baking! You can put your own spin on this basic and simple recipe! I hope you enjoy it!

When it is super hot weather my Mr. makes a great shrimp cocktail. I hope to watch how he does it and share the recipe. It is with fresh avocado s, shrimp and some spicy goodness. That is my favorite summer dish! So far he hasn't shared the recipe. It is his summer treat he makes for us. Here's to hoping I can catch him while hes making it and share it with you!  

What is your favorite meal in the summer? 








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