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Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna

23 reviews / 4.8 average

So that settles it.

This vegetable-loaded, sweet, creamy, spicy Sausage Zucchini Sweet Potato Lasagna is the only dinner I’m making for the rest of 2014. It’s simple, seriously yummy (who knew sweet potato sauce could make a certain food blogger lick the inside of the blender while happy-jigging around the tiny kitchen?), and comfort food-esque while also being healthy because somma that ZUCCHINI up in there.

I’ll just go ahead and call myself out on posting two zucchini recipes in a row this week. I know it. I’m almost going to apologize about it to you, my wonderful and hopefully zucchini-loving readers, except that both of these recipes = my life right now and I seriously think you are going to lovey-love them. Can we still be friends?

Herbs on a wooden surface.

I made this dish-o-joy twice – once at the peacefully quiet cabin for my family, and once at our house for Bjork and I on the day that the concrete guys were here to basically destroy our messy jungle of a yard in preparation for laying a new not saggy and not crooked sidewalk. Such a good idea, because nothing says Awesome Lasagna Cooking Experience like a team of men taking to your sidewalk with jackhammers right. next. to. your rattling kitchen window as you tenderly layer slices of zucchini with creamy sweet potato sauce and spicy sausage.

I tried to get into some kind of zen lasagna-creating state of mind with lasagna meditation and calming self talk, and even though I could hear zero percent of my podcast, I kept just turning the volume up up up and pretending any ounce of sound was going into my brain. Which maybe didn’t help the zen state of mind thing, and possibly explains the neighbors peeking out their windows with binoculars to see what in the name of Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna was going on over here.

Thin slices on zucchini.

Then we followed up the Demolished Yard and Permanently Ringing Ears Day by going to the annual National Night Out picnic/potluck/grill + mingle for our sweet little Yum Sweet Home neighborhood (which I could not love more – thank you, neighbors, for being wonderful and just be warned that we might try to live here forever) and we proceeded to introduce ourselves to a few neighbors that we hadn’t met. –> Which house do you live in? Ohh, THAT one. I was wondering what all that racket was about this afternoon.

Yes, that’s the one, friends. I think that’s called memorable first impression. Or something.

Food time! Here’s how it’s done:

Process of making zucchini lasagna bake.

This lil’ ol’ lasagna is going to give you a choice —> whole wheat lasagna noodles OR zucchini noodles. You can go light-and-healthy-veggie or chewy-carb-loaded or both! Either works – I’ve made it both ways, and although the zucchini noodles only version was initially hot soup thanks to my HUNGRY GIRL inability to let it rest and set before slicing, when I went back to the pan a little while later for thirds, I was happy to see that the slices held together enough to make it actually count as lasagna. *fist bump* That being said, whole wheat lasagna noodles will really make this thing hold (in addition to being yumyumyum), so that would be your best bet if you need it to turn out more like a slice and less like an deliciously overwhelming creamy, gooey cheese bomb on a plate.

Regardless of what you choose for your noodles, this thing is getting topped with ancho chili and cumin spiced sausage, mild Mozzarella cheese, fresh green onions and cilantro, and the most luscious sweet potato sauce. Hello beautiful.

Sauce on lasagna.

So today when they come back to pour the concrete, I will be ready to watch calmly, sitting at the window with a large slice of this Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna wonderfulness, enjoying it one beautiful bite at a time while daydreaming about what our yard will be like when it’s done being a dirt bomb zone. That won’t creep them out, I’m sure.

Lasagna4life, friends!

Also, now taking zucchini donations.

Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna in a baking dish.
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Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x

Description

This Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna features ancho chili spiced sausage and a sweet potato sauce that is uniquely sweet and savory.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (45 cups when cooked and cut)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder (in the spice aisle)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella or Provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini into thin strips lengthwise. I did this without any special peeler – just a knife (see picture in post). Lay them on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let rest while you prep the other ingredients – the excess moisture will seep out of them and you can press them with paper towels when they’re ready. While the zucchini is resting, in a large skillet, brown the ground pork with 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, wash the sweet potatoes, poke with a fork several times, wrap once in a paper towel, and microwave for 5-7 minutes or until soft. You can also bake them in the oven if you prefer. Cut into chunks, transfer to a blender, and puree with the milk, chicken broth, olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the zucchini noodles, sauce, sausage, chopped cilantro and green onions, and cheese; repeat layers three times. End with a final layer of zucchini noodles covered with a little sauce and cheese. Cover with greased foil so the cheese won’t stick and bake for 30-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 15-20 minutes. This does not cut into perfectly clean squares, especially if you cut into it before it has time to cool and set a little bit (which I did – SO HUNGRY). For a cleaner cut slice, see notes about using regular lasagna noodles.

Notes

To customize this, you can use any kind of ground meat (pork, turkey, beef, etc) and any kind of cheese. I like Mozzarella and Provolone because they melt nicely.

For a more traditional lasagna (and one that holds together a little easier) you can also use cooked whole wheat lasagna noodles in place of or in addition to the zucchini. If you do this, you’ll need to add a little more chicken broth to the sweet potato sauce to help the lasagna stay moist. The noodles soak up excess liquid whereas the zucchini noodles *add* liquid. I’ve made it both ways with delicious results – just a different texture and slice-ability.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sweet potato zucchini lasagna, zucchini lasagna, squash lasagna

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Cumin spiced sausage, sweet potatoes and cheesy goodness? This sounds off the the heezy.
    Whatever that means.
    it just sounds yum. I LURVE using zucchini noodles is lasagna so my face will be planting into this. Pinned!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love this twist on lasagna! But, I am currently cooking the last of my sweet potatoes because I NEEDED to figure out muffins after seeing your post on Monday.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh Lindsay, your writing cracks me up. Honestly I can tell you that’s what separates your blog from the hundreds of others I have come across over the past few years. Your photography of course rocks, but it doesn’t give you *quite* the same mental image as the windows rattling and construction crew tearing up your lawn while you peacefully assemble a zucchini lasagna. PS I’m glad you called yourself out on 2 Zuch recipes in a week, b/c if you hadn’t, I woulda had to. 😉

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      So nice! Thanks Laura. I used to hate the writing part of posting, but knowing that people are actually reading and connecting and emailing and commenting has made it 100% more fun. This last year has been one of my favorite writing years. Thanks for the comment!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it. And do you know why? I’ve been growing a surplus of zucchini (also salad onions, too!)

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing!! So colorful and vibrant! Makes me want to eat my screen.. Any chance you could send some over? Does it ship well? 😀

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh yum! Sweet potato sauce meets zucchini? Two of my favorite veggies ever! Luckily concrete pouring won’t leave your ears rings and house jiggling. I might love zucchini lasagna more than the original (shhhh!)

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yes! Thanks Phi – it was my first time and I LOVED the taste/texture, even though it was softer and a little sloppier than regular lasagna.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’ve got to make me some zucchini lasagna soon. I have a huge harvest and haven’t made any yet. Love this version with sausage and sweet potatoes. Sure to be a good one!
    Have a great day!

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    Katie

    Hooray! With just a few substitutions this is elimination diet/paleo friendly. Never thought I’d eat lasagna again (especially since I have to avoid tomatoes)! I’m going to omit the cheese and try almond milk instead of regular milk. We’ll see how it goes!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Good luck! I know the cheese is sort of critical for holding it together so if there’s any nondairy substitute you can use that would bind it, that might be helpful! 🙂 Even a few flax eggs might help.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks great! Zucchini noodles + sweet potato sauce means I don’t even need to feel guilty for piling on the cheese, right?
    Don’t envy the destruction/construction you’re experiencing…I need to leave when my lawn is getting mowed so I can’t imagine trying to cook away while jackhammers are ringing in my ears. So zen!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is a must try recipe. I love sweet potatoes and cilantro and sausage and lasagna. I can’t imagine how good they are all together in one big happy place! I’m going to use noodles though:)

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    Jill Curry

    This sounds FANtastic!! If this summer warms up, perhaps my zucchini will ripen and I can enjoy them in this recipe! Thanks for posting 🙂

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks great, I’m surprised by the amount of fat in each serving, I never would have guessed it. I’ll still try and work this into my diet as I just have to try it.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I was, too, now that you say that. I think that’s from the pork and the cheese, although it’s possible that the database read an ingredient incorrectly. I’ll double check it.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Hm, cross checked with Calorie Count and it’s quite a bit different. It must be reading something differently, but the 13g seems more accurate to me. I’ll upload that label instead. Thanks for the catch!

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    Lala Montano

    Sounds and looks amazing! Wondering what type of knife or gadget (brand) you used to get the perfectly sliced zuchinni. I love all things gadget. Beautiful presentation. Living in California allows us year round of most vegetables and this going on my list to make.
    Best.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I just used one of my knives from my regular knife set… it’s a big one, like a butcher knife. And the brand is KitchenAid, I think.