Summer Squash Lasagna {Giveaway}

There’s something just so comforting about lasagna. Even though it’s still summer, there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy your fresh summer veggies in a lasagna!

After watching a Giada at Home episode on Hulu (my guilty pleasure), where Giada prepared individual lasagna’s for the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, I decided it’d be fun to try making some individual ones myself!

With the makings of a lasagna that doesn’t include sauce inside, you allow for what Dr. Angotti, the creator of Rose Romano’s Italian Peppers Marinara Sauce, originally intended: as a gourmet topping. Dr. Angotti tries to keep with Italian tradition and teaches us not to smother our food with sauce, but rather compliment it with the high quality and delicious flavors of the sauce.

The Italian Peppers Sauce is light and tasty, but is complimented by the rich flavors of the bell peppers. Absolutely delicious!

Also, it always seems like when I eat lasagna, it’s so delicious that my eyes are bigger than my stomach, serving myself too much. With individual portions, you can avoid this problem. 😀 Watch your waistline, so you can have more dessert, right? 😉

Anyway, I made the recipe in two ways, individual style and traditional big pan style. So, it’s up to you how you make it. In the meantime, scroll down to the bottom of this page for a chance to win some of these gourmet toppings that Rose Romano has to offer!

Summer Squash Lasagna


  • 8 whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 15 ounces low fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 yellow squash, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 jar marinara


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil the noodles according to the packaged instructions. Set out the noodles on aluminum foil to cool off.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ricotta cheese, eggs, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Sauté the squash, zucchini, onion, and garlic in the olive oil until tender.
  5. Now layer and bake the lasagna.
    1. Individual White Lasagna
      1. Spray 8 ramekins with canola oil.
      2. Cut each lasagna noodles in half, laying each half in one of the ramekins.
      3. Place 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture on top of the lasagna noodles.
      4. Spoon in some sautéed vegetables.
      5. Spoon in another tablespoon of the ricotta mixture.
      6. Lay two pieces of mozzarella cheese.
      7. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
      8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and slightly light brown.
      9. Spoon with heated marinara sauce when serving.
    2. Layered Vegetable Lasagna
      1. Spray a 9″ square pan or a 9″x13″ pan with canola oil.
      2. Spread marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan.
      3. Lay out a layer of lasagna noodles.
      4. Spread a layer of ricotta cheese mixture.
      5. Spread a layer of vegetables.
      6. Dollop with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
      7. Repeat until all ingredients are used up (It took 2-3 layers for me).
      8. Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly and slightly browned.

Giveaway Closed


Winner: Danica from It’s Progression Not Perfection

Prize: A four jar gift package of Rose Romano’s Italian Peppers Marinara Sauce.

To Enter (Mandatory)Leave a comment telling me what you’re having for dinner tonight or just say hey. Feel free to leave links for recipes!

      Deadline: September 1, 2012 at 11:59am Eastern Time

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That’s a total of 6 chances to win! :D Good luck everyone!

No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the United States. Winner will be selected at random by chocolate & carrots using All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 24 hours, another winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners’ address.  This giveaway has been sponsored by Rose Romano’s. I received a 4 jar gift pack as compensation.  All opinions stated are my own.


  1. Tonights dinner will consist of a few different things that we had prepared in case of power outages. I am visiting my parents in S.W. Florida and we thought that we were going to hit by Isaac as a hurricane. So, mom and I had cooked up a few different meals that we could easily reheat on the grill. But now that I think about it, tonights dinner will be grilled pork chops, homemade German potato pancakes and marinated asparagus, YUMMY! Also, I follow both you and Rose Romano on both facebook and twitter…have been a fan of yours for quite some time now.

  2. These look delicious. We’re having Asian marinated pork chops, roasted corn on the cob or either fried corn and steamed broccoli.

  3. We’re making a whole chicken (yay leftovers for the rest of the week!) with mashed potatoes and a veggie, yet to be decided 🙂

  4. My husband and I have been married for 29 years today. Since he’s partial to rib-eye steak and baked potato, that’s what he’s getting. Of course, we’ll have mixed greens with other veggies, too. 🙂

  5. My husband and I made Sweet Potato Risotto tonight. We love when a recipe calls for wine so we can enjoy some of the wine while we make dinner and talk about our day!

  6. These are SO beautiful! I want to dive in 🙂 What did I have for dinner? Lame ish dinner of dippies and veggies and a protein shake! I know..terrible…I taught later tonight and between getting the baby to bed, showering, etc…dinner became lame!

  7. I am a lucky girl and get to have dinner at the MN State Fair!!! So I will probably be having a pronto pup and Sweet Martha’s Cookies! (unhealthy one time a year is fine, right?)

  8. Tonight we’re having leftovers, so let’s pretend it’s last night. Then I can say we’re having a delicious crock-pot meal with beef tips and tomatoes and bell peppers and onions and other yummy goodness.

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