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Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

No, there was no zucchini noodles lasagna or pasta lasagna on our dinner’s menu growing up in Ukraine. The closest I could get the taste of Italy was by hiding in a dark cold room with a knife and slicing leg of prosciutto my uncle brought from Italy. I still remember it vividly – bright red glossy leg hanging on a door. How can a 9 year old resist that?! So, now I know if I could slice food hanging in the air in the dark with a paring knife, my 9 year old can chop salads with a chef’s knife on a chopping board in a well lit kitchen. And he does, all the time.

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

My uncle worked at an Italian furniture manufacturing company. One of the first businesses appearing after the collapse of communism. He was considered middle class and often went on business trips to Italy from where he brought many Italian delicacies. I secretly was stealing them. Yep. My mom was a single mom and even cheese was a treat for us. We mainly survived on potatoes, jams and canning. You couldn’t buy anything imported even if you want to until mid 90s but even then it cost an arm and a leg.

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

So, I was steeling my uncle’s cheese too. He didn’t share and I got tired of waiting. We shared 3 bedroom apartment between 3 families, so fridge, bathroom and kitchen were common areas. So, I could get creative and sneak others’ food. And I did because go figure who out of 12 people did it. I do not remember other Italian treats but that prosciutto is a vivid memory. I still love prosciutto and bananas to death. Alex doesn’t get it but I can eat both in huge amounts.

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

Now, I could make lasagna all I want. When people ask me “Why did you move here?”, I think “Oh boy, where do I begin?! How can I explain so you understand?!”. So, I just say “For a better life” but inside I’m thinking “So, my local news headlines say “SaskTel worker helps rescue owl with a broken wing” and “Heartbroken racoon tries to wake up dead friend on a Toronto street”. By the way, later on Toronto residents created a memorial for a dead racoon. I would much rather wake up to news like this than a half empty fridge!

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Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

So, I could make lasagna but I rarely do for some unknown reason. I don’t know, I make zucchini lasagna but very rarely I make pasta lasagna (slow cooker roasted red pepper lasagna and chicken lasagna roll ups with artichoke).

I was on a mission of creating another zucchini noodles recipe and thought of lasagna. A stovetop zucchini noodles lasagna since everyone seems to be making anything oven on a stovetop and desserts in a slow cooker. Some hacks I totally get, they are genius. Stovetop lasagna is one of them. In my case, with zucchini noodles and white navy beans.

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna is 30 minute clean eating light dinner with a taste of Italy without the guilt. Fast, gluten free & healthy comfort food recipe. | ifoodreal.com

I didn’t have my own cooked white beans so I bought Eden Organic in BPA free can. Man, I paid $4.19!!! No, I really know why I cook my own beans (=> how to cook dried beans). They are optional, and so is the meat. So, you could really make this zucchini noodles lasagna all vegetarian or meat only and no beans.

I added a cup of water which made lasagna more soup-y but it is up to you how you like it. Enjoy this healthy 30 minute dinner! Oh, and for extra hungry people I cooked whole wheat pasta on a side and served this more of a sauce on top.

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna

Stovetop Zucchini Noodles Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp coconut or avocado oil, divided
  • 1 lb ground meat (chicken, turkey, bison or extra lean beef)
  • 2 cups pasta sauce, organic*
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 11 oz baby spinach (1 box)
  • 17 oz tub cottage cheese
  • 14 oz can white navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water (optional)
  • Salt, ground black pepper & Parmesan cheese, to taste (I used a pinch of each)

Directions

  1. Preheat dutch oven on low-medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion and garlic; cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ground meat and cook until browned a bit, breaking into pieces and stirring.
  2. Add pasta sauce, balsamic vinegar and baby spinach in batches. Stir and add more spinach; cook until spinach is wilted, a few minutes. Add cottage cheese and beans; stir gently, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini noodles, cover, turn off the heat and let lasagna sit for 5 minutes. Add water for thinner consistency if desired. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and adjust salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

*Use flavoured one, like with herbs.

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Nutritional Info (using beef)

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cups:
Calories: 307.9
Total Fat: 13.0 g
Cholesterol: 57.7 mg
Sodium: 528.9 mg
Total Carbs: 18.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g
Protein: 28.4 g
WW Points+: 8

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24 Comments

  1. Melissa

    Those photos are great, this looks delicious! Am I just missing it, or is the actual recipe not posted?

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  2. Deborah

    This was so ridiculously delicious! It was such healthy comfort food! I couldn’t stop eating it. I loved the zucchini noodles, they had such great texture. I didn’t miss the pasta at all. Thanks for another winner recipe!

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  3. Susan

    very detailed and easy to understand. Photo is good, look good, smell good…. :v i’ll try this dish at weekend. Thank Olena

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  4. judy

    I have tried several of your recipes and loved them. Living in Canada cold dishes are not the thing right now. I tried your Tai quinoa salad but cooked it lightly. It was a huge success

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  5. lynne

    What happens if I leave out the cottage cheese? Is the taste or texture altered. I don’t like cheese at all. However the soup aspect looks delicious with the beans and the spinach.

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  6. terri

    What are your thoughts on substituting the meat with veggie crumbles? I am a vegetarian and thought that this looked really good

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    • Olena

      You can do that no problem. I personally do not like veggie crumbles because of their ingredients that are not clean. But you probably think meat is worse. So that is personal choice.:) But definitely they would work.:)

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  7. Diane

    I love your recipes and very happy to see the Ice Cream. I don’t eat sugar I will have to check labels to bring down the sugar content. Where did u find the veggie noodle maker. All I can find is a hand held one and it doesn’t work. By the way cottage cheese comes as lactose free, in case someone needs ti curtail milk.
    Thank you Olena
    Have a wonderful Day

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    • Olena

      Hi Diane. I have a few ice cream recipes on the blog. Check out the new recipe index haha. So happy with that one.
      Where do you live? You can but it inline on Amazon at a good price in the US or I bought mine at Superstore for $25 in Canada. I saw them now for $14! Handheld ones don’t work. True.

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  8. Kate

    Oh ho hoooo this is delicious! I didn’t have cottage cheese (nor do I like it), so I took a can of garbanzo beans and about a quarter cup of Alouette garlic/herb cheese and blended it, and added that instead. It worked perfectly! I didn’t end up using water, as I found the consistency good after letting the zucchini noodles heat up in the pot. I also added red pepper flakes for some spice. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  9. Seanna

    Pleasantly surprised at how delicious this was. Halved the recipe and it was still enough for a one person dinner and lunch the next day. Wasn’t sure it was going to be filling enough… Oh boy, was I wrong. This recipe is going in the recipe box for sure and you have gained a faithful follower. Thanks for all your hard work 🙂

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