I have to admit that I am a pasta fanatic. As a diabetic though, I have to give up on the pasta. This makes me cry on a regular basis. In this case, I love zucchini and squash, so this recipe is a no brainer.

Zucchini Lasagna Rollups

Zucchini Lasagna Rollups


  • 3-4 pounds mid-size zucchini that are nice and straight, ends trimmed and sliced lengthwise into 24 ⅛-inch-thick strips (a peeler works great for this)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups marinara or spaghetti sauce, divided use
  • 1 - 2 cups shredded mozzarella divided use


  1. Line your counter top with a double thickness of paper towels; place zucchini slices flat in a single layer onto the paper towels; sprinkle both sides of zucchini slices with a light sprinkle of salt; let rest 15 minutes, then pat zucchini dry.
  2. Meanwhile, cook Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until nicely browned, crumbling the sausage as it cooks; drain all excess fat.
  3. In a medium bowl, make the roll-up filling by combining ricotta, Parmesan, egg, basil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add 1 cup marinara sauce to a large cast iron skillet; spread out over the entire bottom of skillet; set aside.
  5. Roll up zucchini and place into the marinara, spiral-side up.
  6. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices and filling. (If there is any remaining filling and sausage left over, I typically place it in little bundles in the marinara sauce around the outer edge of the skillet, if there is room.)
  7. Top lasagna roll-ups with remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce; sprinkle remaining mozzarella over all.
  8. Place skillet into a preheated 400 degree F. oven and bake, uncovered, for approx. 20-25 minutes, or until lasagna roll-ups are heated throughout and sauce is bubbly. Let roll-ups rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Post Author: Stephanie

Stephanie Ayers writes speculative fiction, where horror and fantasy collide. She is a self proclaimed word whisperer and unicorn living in Ohio disguised as a human. She mothers her children and avoids all things housework and zombies. When she isn't doing any of these things, she can be found browsing thrift stores and flea markets with her husband, attending football games with her son, or binging on TV shows.

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