Friday, 22 January 2016

Summer Lasagne

summer lasagne   

Lasagne/lasagna?  Spell it how you will my friends.  It tastes just as good either way.  I am not a huge fan of hearty, meaty, tomato-ey lasagne, which is definitely a winter dish. Some readers may remember I don't go out of my way to eat pasta, but this one is light and summery, and does not leave you feeling that a small herd of elephants has taken up residence in your innards.

This is such an easy, uncomplicated dish, and leaves you feeling well-fed, and virtuous. Yes truly!  All those veggies dance across your palate and into your stomach like ballerinas' feet.  I have some bad memories of lasagne made by a friend who used lasagne sheets which should have been pre-cooked, but she didn't.  Oh my, talk about crunchy and heavy.  Never fear, you can't go wrong with the instant pasta sheets.

Serves 4


2-3 tbs olive oil for greasing the dish

2 tins of tomatoes, chopped

50g. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

6 large instant lasagne sheets - no prior cooking needed:=)

150g. ham or any leftover meat like turkey or chicken, chopped

125g. mozzarella, grated

2 small zucchini, grated

50g. tasty cheese, grated

20g. parmesan, grated

salt and pepper to taste


Spread 1/4 cup of the tomatoes over the base of the generously oiled baking dish - I used a dish about 28cm x 22cm across the top, which fitted it splendidly

Plonk on 2 sheets of the lasagne side by side

Spoon on 3/4 cup tomatoes

Sprinkle with the ham, the olives and 1/4 cup of mozzarella (you will have about 1 cup left of the cheese)

Whack on 2 more sheets of lasagne

Spoon over 1 cup tomatoes

Sprinkle with the zucchini and 1/4 cup mozzarella

Yep - another layer (2 sheets) of lasagne goes on top

On goes the rest of the tomatoes and the remaining cheeses

Now add salt and pepper to the top - I threw on some chilli salt too

Bake for 35 mins. at 180C or till golden on top

Let it rest for a few minutes

Serve with salad and a nice glass of vino


Follow the assembly instructions!  I tried to wing it one time and it just didn't work out the same.  The lasagne fairy did not approve!

If your tinned tomatoes are whole, do the Nigella thing - grab a pair of scissors and snip them in the tin or a bowl

Want a vego version?  Replace the ham with mushrooms

Want a bit more of a salty zing?  Throw in a few rinsed capers

snipping the tomatoes in a bowl; makes it easy to scoop them up with a cup  

slip on a glove and squeeze out those slippery little suckers          

tomatoes over the first layer of pasta - see how the large sheets fit side by side?               

scatter over the olives, 1/4 cup mozzarella and ham - or in this case, left over turkey (no, not from Xmas silly)    

zukes on top -  look at all that veggie goodness:)     

the remaining tomatoes and cheeses go on  top    

now chuck on the salt and pepper   

all golden and crunchy - in a good way    

hoe in folks!  

I first found this recipe as part of an ad for tinned tomatoes.  I have made it regularly since then, with a few tweaks.  Mr P. is a bread and pasta fiend so this goes down very well with him.  And yes even with me, regardless of it being a tomato-ey pasta dish. Like I have said before, who said you have to be consistent? :=)

my zucchini foodle   


  1. Got to look after your innards Sherry lol. Sound like you've had some traumatic lasagne memories ;)

    1. yep the innards are crucial Jem:) Oh yes many ghastly pasta memories I'm afraid.

  2. I don't eat a lot of pasta either. I'm not anti it. I just don't eat it. But I do like a lasagne. This is perfect for all of those excess zucchini people are complaining about!

    1. we must be twins! everyone else seems to adore pasta. yes i actually used 2 quite large zukes rather than small but it added a good flavour.

  3. I love lasagna and Love it more with panko crumbs on top but it's too hot to put the oven on even for this yummy summery version.

  4. Hi Stella
    Somehow we managed to eat it even on a hot day! It was tasty. :)

  5. This is definitely one of our favourite meals and tomatoes are so plentiful and good so we've been buying up big and using them in place of tinned :D

    1. Yes fresh tomatoes would be good too. I used tins of San marzano

  6. Love the look of this - looks very yummy and sounds a lot less heavy than traditional lasagne - will have to give it a try :-)


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