Easy Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with No Boil Noodles

slice of lasagna

This delicious vegetable lasagna is easy to make, full of flavor and showcases a superabundance of roasted vegetables. It’s also meat-free, light and fresh and very customizable.

whole lasagna

By customizable I mean there’s no specific veggies you need to use, I actually went through my fridge and roasted every vegetable I saw. Of course if you like certain vegetable combinations together like spinach and mushroom or whatever just do it, it will work!

vegetable lasagna

Don’t stress about certain combinations, use what you like or have available like I did.

roasted vegetables

This is what I had in my fridge, I like roasting vegetables every week any way and I usually buy a lot. I’ll have some for lunch, use them as sides for dinner and in the morning with eggs but this time I decided to also make a veggie lasagna with some of them.

I had three Japanese eggplants, a few carrots, two red peppers, a small head of cauliflower, one yellow squash, one bunch of kale, a small butternut squash and some brussel sprouts (that I did not use in the lasagna). All veggies were roasted on sheet pans separately at 425 degrees drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, roasted til slightly golden.

All the roasting of the veggies can be done a day or two ahead of time.

no boil pasta sheets

I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of the no boil noodles, ones that I’ve tried in the past did not impress me at all. But the Delverde brand really caught my eye, I liked the ridges and I knew that their pasta was good so I thought I’d give them a try. This time I have to say at least with this brand, I’m a fan, and this isn’t sponsored!

The pasta sheets weren’t paper thin, they still had a nice texture and bite to them and they weren’t heavy tasting at all.

One thing I never liked about the no boil pasta was trying to spread sauce and ricotta on a dry stiff noodle, it’s weird to me because I always used the curly lasagna sheets that had to be boiled first.

But I found that if you just wet them one by one in a quick dip of warm water, they become a little pliable, easier to spread sauce and cheese onto, and easier to press down on them after the layers are formed, so that’s what I did.

lasagna ingredients

All the veggies you see in the container above I actually used, ( except for the brussels) but I chopped them up so they would be easier to eat and be more bite sized pieces in the lasagna.

making lasagna

In between the layers I added thinly sliced raw zucchini. Zucchini cooks up so fast there was no need to roast it ahead of time as long as it was thinly cut.

making lasagna

I like using a mix of shredded and fresh mozzarella cheese along with the ricotta and grated pecorino.

lasagna

Top it off with some pine-nuts and bake it all together!

lasagna

Simple comfort food adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand transforms into a very special meal.

lasagna slice

A worthy treat for yourself, your family and your guests to enjoy!

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Easy Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with No Boil Noodles
 
Use any mix of veggies you like, just have them pre-roasted ahead of time.
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Ingredients
  • at least 4 cups or more, ( I would go with more just in case and depending on the size of your lasagna) of a mix of roasted veggies, any combination you like cut into bite sized pieces, roasted at 425 until slightly golden, refer to my post
  • 2 zucchini sliced thin, kept raw
  • no boil pasta sheets, enough for 3 layers to your lasagna either for an 8x8 pan or a 9x13
  • 1 lb. good ricotta, drained well of all liquid
  • 2 eggs
  • roughly 1lb. each of fresh and shredded mozzarella ( you might not use it all).
  • marinara sauce, good quality or homemade
  • grated pecorino or parmigiano cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley and pine nuts for garnish
Instructions
  1. Dip each pasta sheet into warm water to slightly soften, one by one.
  2. Mix ricotta with the 2 eggs and a handful of grated cheese, salt and pepper. Combine til incorporated.
  3. Butter casserole dish and ladle sauce all over the bottom.
  4. Add enough noodles to cover the bottom of the pan.
  5. Ladle sauce all over noodles.
  6. Spread mixed veggies all over the noodles.
  7. Sprinkle with grated cheese, shredded cheese and dot it with torn, fresh mozzarella.
  8. Layer the zucchini strips to cover first layer.
  9. Add more sauce on top of zucchini.
  10. Spread ricotta mixture all over, you probably won't use all of it but spread a nice amount because this is the only layer you will do it on.
  11. Repeat with all the other ingredients until you reach the top.
  12. Spoon sauce all over, add shredded cheese and slices of fresh mozzarella, chopped parsley and pine nuts.
  13. Drizzle with olive oil and place foil over pan.
  14. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  15. Take foil off and bake for 10 more minutes. Sides should be bubbling.
  16. Place under the broiler for a few seconds to get the cheese extra golden.
  17. Let it rest for ½ hour before cutting.

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Versatile Spaghetti Squash My Two Favorite Ways

spaghetti squash and eggs

Versatile spaghetti squash, a healthy winter squash that can be used in so many dishes. It’s a mild flavored and neutral tasting squash, so it’s able to take on the flavors and spices that you use to cook it with.

I’ve cooked with it many times in the past and even posted several recipes on this blog like here and here.

These two recipes posted here today are my current favorite ways to eat it. I’m sure as time goes on there will more!

You’ve heard of eggs in purgatory, well I make that every time I have some leftover strands of cooked spaghetti squash. Delicious to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Seasoned browned butter squash that I made the night before lays as a base to hold eggs that sit in a puddle of flavored marinara, it’s out of this world good and so comforting!

roasted spaghetti squash

There are many different ways to prepare your spaghetti squash, I simply like to roast it. I also like my strands to be al’dente. Overcooking the squash results in mushy clumped together strands, not very appealing.

I like to slice the squash in half, ( be very careful), scoop out the seeds and place the 2 halves on a parchment lined sheet pan. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees, salt and pepper each half and give it a light drizzle with olive oil. Place cut side down and pierce a couple of times with the tip of a knife. Roast 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your squash. Let it cool down then fluff the strands with a fork. 

brown butter squash

Now you’re ready to make this!

Spaghetti squash strands tossed into a garlicky browned butter and sage sauce. Then it’s showered with a very generous amount of Parmigiano Reggiano and toasted hazelnuts.

browned butter

Just grate some fresh garlic into your nutty brown butter and sage sauce, it smells amazing and takes the dish over the top!

butter and sage infused squash

 

squash with eggs

Be sure to save some of the leftovers so you can make this eggs in purgatory version with spaghetti squash for breakfast the next day, it will become one of your favorites, like mine.

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Perfect Baked Stuffed Clams

baked clams

Typically when we’re at an Italian restaurant and there’s baked clams on the menu we order them. Baked clams are the perfect starter to a nice Italian meal.

clams

Have you ever wanted to make them at home? They’re very easy to make and personally I like them much better home made. They’re a lovely appetizer for a special meal. I recently made a full tray of baked stuffed clams for Christmas Eve, and not one of them were left, they really go fast, in fact I could have made more but then no one would have eaten anything else! New Years Eve is almost here, so grab a bottle of wine and start your party off with a tray of delicious baked stuffed clams.

So much flavor packed into one bite, the stuffed clams are tender and sweet, the breading crispy, cheesy, zesty, garlicky, I could go on and on, but let me show you how easy it is to make them.

clams soaking

First of all whenever you buy clams and they say they’re cleaned just ignore that, you’re going to find sand in there and they will be gritty if not soaked and drained a few times.

I had five pounds of fresh clams that I picked up at Costco. I let them soak in cold water for around twenty minutes in a strainer with a bowl underneath so I can see any sand that comes out when I drain them. It usually takes three times of soaking and draining.

Then give each one a gentle scrub and discard the broken shells with exposed clam, I had three, trust me you’ll always have some to discard, so count for a few bad ones when buying them.

steamed clams

Next you’ll want to poach or steam your impeccably cleaned clams in a liquid of water, white wine, some garlic cloves and a bay leaf, letting them simmer in a covered lid on the pot scooping them out as they open, one by one. If doing a large amount don’t overcrowd them do half at a time or get another pot going.

Place the steamed opened clams into a bowl so they can cool down. The best thing about this method is that you don’t have to do any shucking to the raw clams, this makes the whole process so easy! Once they cool down just wiggle off the top of the shell so you have an open half shell, how easy is that!

cleaned clams

Some clams have that little rubbery black thing attached that you see above, it’s part of the neck, just snip it off with a pair of scissors, it takes a second.

prepped clams

For five pounds of clams I ended up with forty five clams on the half shell. A few were broken and a few never opened up when they were steamed, those have to be discarded as well if that happens.

Place you half shells on a foil lined sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. At this point if you were making them for a crowd you could prep this all the day up to this point and then refrigerate and proceed with the stuffing the next day.

You can stuff the clams before your guests arrive so you’re ready to place them into the oven when everyone is ready to enjoy, you want to eat them hot.

clam filling

The stuffing recipe will be below, I recommend making your own breadcrumbs if possible, but if not buy some good quality ones that are plain because you’ll be flavoring them up yourself.

stuffed clams

Each clam gets about a heaping teaspoon of stuffing.

stuffed clams

Then a quick drizzle of olive oil over top of each stuffed clam and into the oven they go to bake!

 

baked clams

A light crispy bite with a ton of flavor that enhances the tender clam below!

baked clams

Serve it with a little hot sauce and lemon slices on the side, I promise, you’re going to love these!

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Perfect Baked Stuffed Clams
 
Refer to step by step on blogpost
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Ingredients
  • 5 lbs. fresh, little neck clams could yield 4 dozen depending on size and discards, cleaned, scrubbed and sand removed as outlined in blogpost
  • POACHING LIQUID
  • water, 1 cup white wine, a few whole garlic cloves, a bay leaf and a small bunch of parsley, just enough to cover the clams.
  • FILLING
  • 2 cups homemade or good quality bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons each of unsalted butter and olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves grated on a microplane
  • a handful of chopped parsley
  • ½ cup of grated pecorino romano cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon for garnish
  • hot sauce optional
Instructions
  1. Clean clams according to step by step on blog post
  2. Steam clams as stated in step by step on post.
  3. Prepare the half shells as pictured in post for a visual.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter and olive oil together.
  5. Stir in grated garlic and simmer until it's infused but not golden or dark.
  6. In a bowl add the breadcrumbs, zest, parsley, salt and pepper, mix together then pour in the melted oil/butter with garlic mixture and stir together until it looks like wet sand, if too dry add more melted butter and olive oil.
  7. Fill each half shell with a heaping teaspoon of the stuffing mixture and place them onto a foil lined sheet pan.
  8. Drizzle the tops with olive oil and place into a pre-heated 450 degree oven for around 8 minutes.
  9. They should be medium golden brown when finished, also nice and crispy.
  10. Serve immediately with lemon slices and hot sauce on the side.

 

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