The BEST Healthy Pasta Casserole!

This was supposed to be my birthday lasagna… and it turned into an amazing birthday pasta casserole because all 3 of my grocery stores didn’t have brown rice lasagna noodles! (Gluten free) This is a great, simple dish to prepare for a large group, or, great for meal prep! You can totally put this in the freezer in individual servings. Great for gluten free or vegetarian guests! A healthier version of lasagna for sure. Feel free to substitute the pasta for lasagna! I made it in layers so it can easily be switched!

For 12-16 servings, you’ll need these ingredients. Feel free to chop them in half!

36 oz pasta

16 oz raw spinach

1 egg

16 oz of ricotta

1/2 tsp salt/pepper

1 onion

3 green squash

4 cups mozzarella

Handful of fresh basil

48 oz tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Put a large pot of water up to boil for pasta. In another pan, heat up the olive oil and saute the spinach.
  2. Once it has cooked down, you need to drain the liquid. Put the spinach in a colander and use a spatula to  squeeze it out.
  3. In a bowl, beat an egg, add the ricotta cheese and mix together.
  4. Add the spinach, salt and pepper, and mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. When your water boils, add the pasta and cook al dente.
  6. Cut up the opinions, add olive oil and saute in the same skillet you used to cook the spinach.
  7. Slice your zucchini thin and saute with the onions.
  8. When your pasta is al dente, drain it and put back in the pot. Make sure to add a bit of olive oil so it doesn’t stick together.
  9. Once the zucchini has cooked down, add in the sauce. Stir together and cook for a few minutes
  10. Now we build. First layer is 1/3 of the pasta, next is the sauce, fresh basil, half of the ricotta mixture, 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella, and half of the zucchini.

casserole 1

  1. Then another layer of pasta, sauce, basil, the rest of the ricotta, 1/3 of the mozzarella, and the rest of the zucchini. Top it off with pasta, sauce and the rest of the mozz.
  2. Add some fresh black pepper to the top and cover the tray with tin foil.
  3. Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, take the tin foil off and bake for another 10 minutes.
  4. Then, put the broiler on high to get the cheese toasty, leaving the oven open a bit so you can watch it. It will only take a minute or two.
  5. casserole 2
  6. Once it comes out, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting.

BOOM! Everyone will love it!!

casserole 3

Let me know how it comes out and if you made any substitutions!

Make it a great week,

Stephanie