Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream ( Paleo/Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

It is the time of year when the gardens are overflowing! I love it! I wanted a fresh allergy free dinner idea…

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna w Cashew Cream

You don’t have to worry about spending tons of money on fresh vegetables. If you are lucky, you can go into your back yard and pick your vegetables :) Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, there are plenty of farmers markets to buy fresh, local produce.

When I was thinking of what else to to with zucchini I had many ideas bouncing around in my head. Yes I have said it before. When I get new ideas about recipes and foods, it’s like there is a ping pong ball bouncing around my head 😀

Anyway… As I said, I was thinking about what else to do with zucchini. I have already used zucchini as a pasta, cutting it into ribbons and julienne. I was going to make a traditional lasagna (well as traditional as it gets with allergies), when I thought of using zucchini ribbons as the noodles. Then I thought about adding pesto into the mix. What doesn’t taste better with pesto?

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream

This is a great recipe as a lunch, dinner or as a side!

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

One batch of: Basil Pesto and a batch Cashew Cream

1 medium size zucchini- cut thin into ribbons

1 large onion- sliced

1 large size carrot- julienne

1 large pepper- sliced

1 Tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil

1 tsp. dried basil

In a medium frying pan, add oil, onion, carrot, and pepper. Saute for approximately ten minutes on medium low heat, stirring frequently. Stir in dried basil and take pan off heat when vegetables are soft.

To assemble lasagna use a 9″ by 13″ baking dish.

Start with 1-2 tablespoons of prepared pesto spread all over the bottom of the dish.

Then a single layer or zucchini ribbons.

Followed by 1/3 of sauteed vegetables.

Then 1/3 of your cashew cream.

And 1/3 of your pesto. Repeat each step two more times, ending with pesto.

Prep-Zucchini Pesto Lasagna

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until zucchini is fork tender, but not mushy.

Zucchini Pesto Lasagna

***Freezing this does work beautifully. Freeze raw and just cook from defrosted.

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21 Comments on Zucchini Pesto Lasagna with Cashew Cream ( Paleo/Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

  1. WL
    August 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks wonderful but has nuts and I need allergy free no nuts

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Well if you can have dairy then you can easily have regular pesto and sub in cream cheese or mozzarella for the cashew cream.

  2. lydiaf1963
    August 23, 2013 at 7:57 am (2 years ago)

    This looks absolutely wonderful. The photo with the julienned vegetables makes my mouth water. Thanks for linking up to Real Food Fridays :)

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)


  3. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    August 23, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    Yum, yum, yum!!! This sounds so delicious! I’m pinning this for my next cooking adventure! I’m a raw foods vegan and rarely cook, but this one is going to make me turn on the oven! Lovely!

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

      So glad that it’s tempting you that much :)

  4. Ai Lin @ Nomsies Kitchen
    August 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays. Wow, totally love your idea for Zucchini lasagna. Makes a nice change from pasta. I agree with you that everything tastes better with Pesto!

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 28, 2013 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ai:)

  5. Wendy Black
    August 28, 2013 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this. Do you think I could freeze one for the holidays for a last minute meal I can make ahead of time?

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 28, 2013 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

      I have made one that I put in the freezer. It has been in three weeks and I want to leave it another week or two. After I try it, I will update the recipe to say if it can be frozen :)

      • Tina
        October 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm (2 years ago)

        How did the frozen version work. I made a slightly bigger batch, added ground turkey, and split into 2 8×8 pans. One for now and one to freeze.

        • sandisallergyfreerecipes
          October 31, 2013 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

          I actually am eating some now that had been frozen. Worked out great. I cooked from defrosted. :)

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      August 29, 2013 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Adrienne!

  6. jaime
    January 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm (2 years ago)

    does freezing it after its been cooked work well? i’m planning on cooking a large amount and then freezing it into small dinner portions so that i have something i can just reheat when i work nights.

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      January 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm (2 years ago)

      It would probably work, but I have only frozen it raw so I don’t know for sure.

  7. Ali the Skinny GF Chef
    February 6, 2015 at 6:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks so much for linking up your beautiful recipe to Savoring Saturdays! Hope to see you again soon.

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      February 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Ali!

  8. Terah A
    October 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm (4 months ago)

    This dish is amazing!! Everyone I have made it for absolutely loves it and my kids love it! I have used farmers cheese instead of the cashew cream and it was amazing!! I have also made it following recipe without the substitutions and honestly you can’t tell the difference it’s so delish. I just used the farmers cheese and store bought pesto for the sake of time. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • sandisallergyfreerecipes
      October 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you so much Terah! I am so glad that you enjoyed it!


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