Zucchini Couscous Lasagna Casserole

Zucchini, Couscous, Lasagna, Casserole, ground beef, beef, Parmesan, tomato, tomato sauce, chipotle

I am so excited to tell you about my latest recipe added to my rotation.  Zucchini Couscous Lasagna Casserole! Yum! I based it off of a recipe from Recipies.com but the sauce needed a little something so I improvised. Also, I really like Israeli couscous as opposed to the ground up bits, so I modified it to accommodate that as well.

Zucchini, Couscous, Lasagna, Casserole, ground beef, beef, Parmesan, tomato, tomato sauce, chipotle

Original recipe from: Recipes.com

Serves: 6       Prep: 30 min    Cook: 30-35 minutes

  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous (little balls, Lebanese will also do)
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced ⅛ inch thick
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 4 cups puréed tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  • ¼  teaspoon each oregano, parsley 
  • 2- 3 chipotles in adobo
  1. Cook the onion, garlic and ground beef, set aside.
  2. Cook the couscous. In case you don’t know how… combine a tablespoon or two of oil and the couscous in the bottom of a pot. Roast until light – golden brown and fragrant. Add ½ cup chicken stock and simmer until absorbed and couscous is cooked through. If you are using the ground up couscous you can add it to the tomato sauce in step 5 without pre-cooking.
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Bake zucchini, drizzled in oil and seasoned with salt and pepper until almost cooked. This will speed up the final baking time.
  5. Combine remaining chicken stock, tomatoes, oregano, and parsley. Bring to a gentle boil. Add finely minced chipoltes slowly, they get hot quick! Also seeds are the really spicy bits, so if you just want flavour try to avoid seeds. Add couscous.
  6. Assemble! Layer a 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Spoon a thin layer of tomato sauce in the bottom, top with zucchini, and then a portion of ground beef. Repeat the layers and finish with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered until bubbly on the edges, about 15-20 minutes.

Hope you like it, we loved it!  – Joy

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