Rocco's No-Bake Lasagna Bolognese With Zucchini Ribbons

Yes, even a delicious Italian-approved lasagna can be made in the microwave! Cooking your sauces on the stove and building with no-boil noodles, this easy recipe from Rocco DiSpirito will please the whole family for any weeknight meal.

1/2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
4 oz 96% lean ground beef
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
20 Fresh basil leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
2 1/2 cups No fat/sodium/sugar added canned chopped tomatoes (or fresh)
1 Large zucchini, cut lengthwise into ribbons (about 8 oz of ribbons)
1 cup Skim milk
1 1/2 tbsp Arrowroot
2 oz Parmigiano-reggiano, grated
4 oz No-boil lasagna noodles

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper, and once the oil is smoking, add the beef to the skillet. Brown the beef on one side, about 2 minutes. Then break it up with a spoon and add half the torn basil, followed by the tomatoes. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook about 1 minute. Set aside

Stack the zucchini in 4 equal piles, place each pile on a microwave-safe plate, and cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Flip each stack over and cook on high for another minute, then set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon of milk to a small bowl and mix with the arrowroot. Add the remaining milk to a small pot and bring to a simmer over high heat. Add the arrowroot mixture and whisk until thickened, about 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and add all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmigiano and whisk into the sauce until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Spoon a thin layer of the meat sauce onto the bottom of a microwave-safe 8x9x4-inch dish, then place two lasagna sheets over the top, pressing down on the sheets until they break and naturally fit in the bottom of the dish. Add a thin layer of Bolognese, then drizzle a thick layer of the white sauce on top. Place a third of the remaining basil leaves over that layer, then add a layer of zucchini ribbons on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Repeat the previous layering sequence. Fill in any bare spots with half a sheet of pasta, breaking into pieces where necessary.

Place the last two remaining lasagna sheets on top and spoon the remaining Bolognese over that. Then cover with a final layer of zucchini and basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper.

Top with remaining white sauce, then sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano over the entire surface of the lasagna.

Tightly cover the dish with plastic wrap and cook in the microwave on high until the pasta is cooked, about 15 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and broil the dish for about 1 minute. You can use your toaster oven or microwave oven! (Your regular oven works too, just be sure your dish is oven-safe). Remove the lasagna and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into 4 equal pieces.