Pastas/Bakes

Summer squash and zucchini lasagne

When I get dreaming about summer foods, I think of fast and simple meals which can be eaten hot or cold. Cooking using a hot oven or hanging out by the stove during a hot Australian summer aint pretty… trust me.  

pestp and pea summer lasagne recipe

Recently, one of Jackson’s friends gave me a squash from his garden – not just any squash mind you, it was freakin’ huge. We’re talking the size of a small pumpkin. I couldn’t believe my eyes and I couldn’t wait to create something with it. I toddled on home with my new (huge) squash in my handbag and excitement in my belly. 

I sometimes wish I was born 60 years earlier, in the time that you knew all your neighbours, and had a sort of community garden with everyone on the street. Someone would have a lemon tree, another would grow tomatoes. Joe down the road had the best strawberries and grew leeks in the winter. You could trade for whatever you needed without going to a supermarket. These were simpler times, and I enjoy the idea of the kindness plus bonding over fresh, shared food that you’ve grown yourself.

simple fresh summer lasagne recipe

The biggest squash you’ve ever seen, and the littlest chili. Squash from Linden’s garden, chili from mine. Zucchini from shops.. 😉

Anyway, back to reality (oop – there goes gravity) and back to this delicious summer lasagna, which my other friend inspired me to make. I was lucky to be given the squash from one friend and the recipe from another. Hey, I kinda am like Joe down the road.. almost. 

squash and zucchini lasagne recipe

Each element of the dish compliments the other – from the creamy ricotta, crunchy zucchini ribbons, sweet summer squash, fragrant pesto, zesty lemon, and tender little piles of pasta sheets, it’s an Italian food lovers dream. The pasta sheets are cut into quarters and gently fold into the meal so it’s technically not a lasagne but hey, let’s call it that anyway.  

The flavours remind me of sitting in a cobblestone alley in Roma, sipping prosecco and watching the world go by.. I have a feeling I’ll be back there one day. 

simple pesto lasagne recipe

This is a fresh green summery take on an Italian classic, and is sure to impress all. 

What’s your favourite Italian food? Let me know in the comments below.

Share this recipe so you can return to it and make it for dinner! Have a wonderful day, Bec xo 

Summer squash and zucchini lasagne
Serves 4
a simple, fragrant pile of lasagne sheets draped in summer squash, zucchini, peas, ricotta and pesto.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium summer squash(es?)
  2. 2 medium zucchinis, rinsed
  3. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  4. 1 packet fresh lasagne sheets
  5. 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  6. 100 grams fresh basil pesto
  7. juice of 1/2 a lemon
  8. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to serve
  9. small chili/pinch of chili (if desired)
  10. salt and pepper
  11. good quality olive oil
  12. basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove, cover, bring to the boil.
  2. Whilst water is boiling, de-frost your peas. Set aside in a large mixing bowl once drained.
  3. Grate the summer squash and set aside in large mixing bowl.
  4. Peel the zucchini into ribbons and place in the mixing bowl.
  5. Crumble the ricotta and place in the mixing bowl
  6. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mixing bowl
  7. Slice the lasagne sheets into squares (or strips or whatever you wish!) ad ensure none are stuck together
  8. Once water has boiled, cook the lasagne sheets for 3-4 minutes or until al dente (cooking times for fresh pasta sheets)
  9. Once pasta has cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. Drain again and drizzle with olive oil.
  10. Combine pasta in the large mixing bowl, add the pesto, some olive oil and salt and pepper and mix with hands.
  11. Serve in large piles on a plate (hot or cold) and drizzle with olive oil, fresh basil, chili (if you wish) and parmesan cheese.
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30 Comments

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips February 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    This looks so lovely and fresh and I absolutely adore the four minute cooking time. That is a definite win. I just wish squash was easier to find. Also, I really want to try spaghetti squash but have never seen them anywhere.

    • Reply Bec February 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      ME EITHER! if you do find one, grab me one and vice versa?! We can have spaghetti squash pizza party.

  • Reply Tammi @ Insatiable Munchies February 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    This looks like a beautiful recipe, but I must say that my favourite bit was the Eminem quote! LOVE IT!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 31, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    How beautiful this dish is! I am smitten with both pictures and recipe. Let me tell you this looks like a a Michelin star dish!

    • Reply Bec February 1, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Ohh my gosh, you! It was delicious. Thanks Daniela, that’s super kind coming from an amazing Italian cook herself x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid January 31, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I wish someone would invent lick-a-vision already! This looks delicious! I can’t pick one favourite Italian food because I love it all!

    • Reply Bec February 1, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Patent that idea right now! You never know xxx

  • Reply The Blonde Chef January 31, 2015 at 12:45 am

    So glad I dropped by your awesome blog! This recipe looks diving, and I too daydream about having a little community garden. Maybe one day?

    Question, which part of AU do you live? (I have a few friends in Melbourne and Perth!)

    • Reply Bec February 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Why thanks! Maybe one day indeed. I live in Melbourne 🙂 x

  • Reply erin @ erinmadethis.com January 30, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Yum! I love eating pasta with peas/ricotta etc! So fresh. Lovely shots as always.

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Me too, peas and pasta is the best combo! x

  • Reply Tania @My Kitchen stories January 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Well a lot of things were simpler 60 years ago, but it would be amazing to be able to trade vegies with the neighbours. this is my favourite kind of Italian food, lightened up modern and with peas!

  • Reply Louise@WillungaWino January 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Great minds – my Fabulous Foodie Friday recipe this week was also a zucchini pasta 🙂 Nom nom nom….

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      You know what they say! Zucchini winners.

  • Reply The Friday Wrap 30.1.15 | Nerdy Dirty Flirty 30 January 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    […] can’t wait to try this summer version of […]

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing miss! x

  • Reply Danielle L January 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    This looks and sounds perfect! I agree a community approach to gardening would be great. I’d love to know that I could focus on growing two or three things really well because I knew I could swap with my neighbours to get everything I needed!

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      It would be the dream and also really exciting because you never know exactly what you’ll get and have to try new things!

  • Reply Trish January 28, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    This looks so tasty . I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks Trish, let me know how you go 🙂

  • Reply giulia January 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Bec, being Italian I only ever think of lasagne with bolognese and rich tomato sauce – but you have intrigued me. The photos make it look so fresh and delicious! x

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      It’s a stretch calling it a lasagne but I used lasagne sheets so I guess it kidna is, you could use these ingredients and layer it like a lasagne and it would be delicious!

  • Reply KRissy @ Pretty Wee Things January 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    oh my goodness this looks soo delish! I love zucchini and always buy too much (not by my standards but by hubby’s haha), so I can now use another recipe to justify my over purchasing of zucchini! Yum!

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Glad I could help 😉

  • Reply Jess January 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    What a great summer version of lasagna!
    Amazing pictures, I just want to eat the computer screen. But I won’t.

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      It’s very summery indeed. I have been there before too… screan eating desires I mean… you must resist!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    So many Italian dishes that I love, it’s hard to choose really! And wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to trade produce with your neighbours! 😀

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I have a very hard time choosing between gnocchi, spaghetti napolitana or pizzzza. And risotto… ohhh I totally feel your pain!

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem January 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    My best friend in NZ has a great garden with all sorts of goodies such as passion-fruit, tomatoes, chili, herbs, rhubarb etc. so she always used to give us fruit and veggies whenever we visited. I really miss that (although we’re lucky to have Vic market down the road from us so we can’t really complain too much 😉

    The lasagna looks divine and your photography just keeps on getting better! x

    • Reply Bec January 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      The Vic market is amaaaazing, thats very lucky. That does sound like the kind of garden I would love to have, such a variety of things! x

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