Friday, September 10, 2010

zucchini lasagna + winner!

Barley Zucchini Lasagna (from Mama Pea's quinoa lasagna)
1 large zucchini, sliced into very thin "noodles"
1c. barley
2c. vegetable broth
1 jar marinara sauce
2T. italian seasonings
1/2 t. garlic salt
2T. sour cream
4c. shredded cheese

Lay the zucchini "noodles" out on paper towel.  Sprinkle with salt.  Console yourself about how you really suck at thin-slicing zucchini.  Let  sit while you prepare the barley.
Combine barley, vegetable broth, garlic salt, seasonings, and 1/2 c. of marinara sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and let simmer about 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.

Pour small amount of marinara sauce in bottom of greased 8x8 casserole dish, enough to just cover the bottom.  Pour the remaining marinara in to the barley.  Add sour cream and mix well.

Blot the zucchini noodles with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.  Place a layer of zucchini in the casserole dish.  Sprinkle with salt.
Cover with a layer of the barley/sauce mixture.  Add cheese if desired.
Repeat layers: zucchini, barley/sauce, cheese, ending with cheese (or barley/sauce if not using cheese).
Bake 30 minutes at 400, or until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted and bubbly.  Serves 4-6.


Mine fell apart when it was dished up but man, who cares.  This was SO delicious and flavorful!  I'm not always a huge zucchini fan (it depends), but I loved loved loved the thin noodles in the sauce.  This is a definite repeat-recipe!

As for that CSN giveaway (I use to pick the winner):

Kristi said...

Anytime I come back from a trip, long or short - no matter what time of day or night it is - I have to unpack everything. I like the feeling of knowing that I'll wake up the next morning and everything be in "it's spot."

Hooray, Kristi!  Email me at to claim your prize.

I'm off to eat some lunch... maybe some leftover zucchini lasagna on spinach?


  1. yum, it looks delish!

    have a lovely weekend

  2. dear sister,
    did you try using the handy slicing side of a standard grater to get perfect uniform slices, silly?

  3. Mandolin slicer - even better than the cheese grater. Amazing tool - and super versatile. A bit on the pricey side - but so worth it! We use ours a couple times a week.

  4. i have a mandolin- martha stewart sells them at kmart and it wasn't expensive


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