Kudos again go to An Edible Mosaic blog for this delicious and healthy Italian pie. We enjoyed this for dinner; the sauce is easy to make, and everything comes together nicely. I made my nondairy substitutions – I used tofu instead of ricotta cheese, and soy parmesan instead of the real thing. Delicioso! Head over to the blog to check out the beautiful photos taken of this dish, too.
Roasted zucchini spaghetti pie
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 pound whole grain (or regular) spaghetti noodles
2 cups tofu
1 egg white
1/4 cup soy parmesan cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups thick marinara sauce (recipe below)
Thick Marinara sauce: (yields ~ 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
1 15-ounce can diced tomato, with liquid
1 1/2 ounce tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch ground black pepper
9″ pie plate
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat the sliced zucchini with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper; arrange the zucchini in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for ~ 18 minutes, flipping halfway through. When it’s done roasting, the zucchini will be golden in spots.
For the marinara sauce, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small pot with a lid. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion starts to soften; add the carrot and garlic, and saute another 5 – 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, salt, and pepper. Taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer with lid on for 20 – 30 minutes.
Cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Cool the pasta to room temperature, then add 1 egg, 2 tablespoons soy parmesan, and pinch of pepper; stir to combine.
To the tofu, mix in 1 egg, 1 egg white, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat the pie pan with cooking spray; spread the pasta on the bottom of the pie plate, then spread 1/2 of the tofu mixture on top of the pasta. Arrange the zucchini on top of the tofu, then spread the rest of the tofu mixture on top of the zucchini. Spread the marinara sauce on top of the tofu. Bake the pie for 20 – 30 minutes, until it’s set. Sprinkle the remaining soy parmesan on top and allow to cool slightly before cutting.