By Chef: Tess Masters
Posted: July 5, 2012
Lasagna is one of those foods that is actually 10X better raw than cooked! This is because you still get that lovely blend of rich sauces and savory spices combined with a soft noodle texture but everything tastes so much fresher, richer, and more vibrant! The fresh herbs explode on the palette, and even after eating a nice sized helping you wont feel weighed down and sluggish. In this recipe by Tess Masters thinly sliced zucchini noodle “sheets” synergize with a dense layer of flavorful sun dried tomato and herb sauce, potent basil macadamia nut pesto and a spicy, cilantro infused raw vegan ricotta cheese. You wont turn down seconds with this recipe!
- 2 large zucchinis
- 3 yellow squash or yellow zucchini
- 6 large tomatoes
Raw Tomato Sauce:
- 2 cups sundried tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes (2 medium tomatoes)
- 1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp fresh garlic
- 3/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 5 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 1/2 cups raw macadamias soaked (this is optional)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
- 2 Tbsp lemon zest
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 6 Tbsp garlic
- 2 cups raw macadamias soaked (this is optional)
- 3/4 cup — 1 cup filtered water for desired consistency
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro / coriander
- 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped serrano chilli (more or less depending on the heat of your chilli)
- 1 Tbsp finely minced fresh garlic
- 2 tsp yellow mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1) For raw lasagne «sheets» shave thin strips with a large vegetable peeler. Hold each zucchini on the bench and peel off large thin strips. You will not use the first few narrow cuts. Use this for garnish. Now peel the yellow squash. If you have lots of seeds you will find that you only get good sheets with the outside layers until you reach the seeds.
2) Now cut the tomatoes into 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch thick slices depending on your preference.
3) Set aside on layers of paper towel to get any excess liquid out while you make your sauces.
Raw Tomato Sauce:
1) Throw all the ingredients in your food processor and pulse until well combined.
2) Season to taste. You want this sauce to be mild in order to blend with the pesto and the ricotta.
1) Throw all of your ingredients into the food processor and pulse until well combined.
2) Season and tweak flavour balance to taste.
1) Throw all of the ingredients except the cilantro into your food processor and pulse until well combined and fluffy.
2) Season and tweak flavours to taste.
3) Now stir through the chopped cilantro.
1) Lay 6 large plates out.
2) Lay 3 slices of zucchini side by side to make a wide rectangle lasagne sheet base.
3) Now use a palatte knife to spread some red sauce on top of each base.
4) Lay 3 slices of yellow squash or zucchini on top of the sauce (if the squash is short layer width ways to keep to match the shape of the bottom layer.
5) Place two tomato slices on top of the ricotta.
6) Now place 3 more pieces of zucchini to make another sheet of pasta.
7) Spread a layer of green pesto and top with two more pieces of tomato.
8) Garnish with large fresh basil leaves and drizzle the whole plate with a bit of olive oil.
9) I garnished with some gomasio.
You could also surround the lasagne with some chopped cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil. YUMMO!