New parent vegetable lasagna and my favorite app


I love cooking meals for friends that have just had a baby because it means 1) I get to cuddle a newborn, and 2) hopefully bring a little sanity to some under-slept pals. However, you can’t just bring anything – there are a few qualifications that these meals must pass:

  • Little to no work for the new parents to prepare
  • Chock full of veggies to keep new parents going strong
  • Makes enough servings to have a few days of leftovers
  • Delicious
  • Pairs well with the glass of wine that mom desperately deserves

This lasagna fits the bill – I’ve made it several times now.  After a couple requests for the recipe, I decided to post it.

New Parent Veggie Lasagna, adapted from KathEats

-1 package lasagna noodles
-25 oz jar of pasta sauce (I like any kind from Trader Joe’s)
-1 small jar of pesto
-1 bag baby spinach
-2 to 3 zucchini
-4 roma tomatoes
-2 to 3 medium carrots
-5 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
-8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
-16 oz. low fat cottage cheese


Let’s do this:

Slice your zucchini, tomatoes, and carrots thinly. I like to use my mandolin for this task.

Prepare all your ingredients and get ready to layer!

I go in the following order: noodles, sauce, pesto, veggies, cheeses, spinach. Then start over with a new layer of noodles, so you have 3 layers by the end. Top the last layer of spinach with a little extra cheese.




Cover with tin foil. I tucked in some italian bread, red wine, and two pieces of this cake that I happened to have made the day before for a birthday.

Plus a note with baking instructions (400 degrees covered for an hour).



As a final note, NONE of my recipes would be possible without the new app I have been using – ziplist! I was looking for a way to quickly add ingredients from recipes I found on the internet (mostly pinned on pinterest) to a running grocery list. Here’s how ziplist works for me:
(Note: This post is in no way sponsored by Ziplist – I can assure you they have no idea who I am. I just like it!)

1. Go to ziplist and create an account.

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2. Drag the ziplist toolbar icon onto your bookmark bar.

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3. Find any recipe you like on the internet and click your new bookmark bar.

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4. The ingredients get added to your “recipe box”.

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5. Click “add to list” and choose the ingredients you want added to your grocery list.

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6. Download the app from your app store. Take your app to the store and shop!



Do you guys use an app for grocery lists? I’d love to know!!

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13 thoughts on “New parent vegetable lasagna and my favorite app

  1. Stacy says:

    Love this recipe! I am always trying to think of the perfect meal for new parents — lasagna is always a go-to option. This is so colorful and looks delicious! Definitely pulling this out for the next round of new, under-slept parents!

  2. Ling says:

    Yes! I can attest that this is the most amazing vegetable lasagna and it was a great treat when baby Emmett arrived! Thanks for posting the recipe! I’ll try this ziplist app- we use the grocery gadget app typically cuz it’s shareable- probably not the best but it keeps me from going insane losing the paper list in random aisles!

  3. Maureen Ryan says:

    This looks delicious!! I’m going to download the ziplist app so that I can be ready to buy these ingredients the next time I’m grocery shopping:) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Rachel says:

    This has all the ingredients I love and as always, your instructions are the best. One thing I’m not sure of is should it be backed covered or uncovered or some of both?

    • Molly says:

      Whoops – I’ll fix the recipe – bake covered for an hour (I usually finish the last 5 minutes uncovered because I like the cheese on top to be burned a bit)!

  5. rewing123 says:

    so can i make this a reason that it might be ok to have the baby early since i measured at 38 weeks this morning? (also, yikes. also, might have just been b/c of the red velvet cupcake i inhaled last night).

  6. Kevin says:

    I was fortunate enough to have this cooked for me by Molly herself after my wife popped out a baby, and mmm boy was it good! It was one of the best presents we got 🙂 She even got me to eat zucchini and I HATE zucchini. This recipe is definitely going into the rotation. Thanks for posting Molly!

  7. joman says:

    I think the mouse in my house just had babies ! Please send over a dish and leave in the frig. We are all exhausted and could use a good meal.
    “M”,Gracie and Joe

  8. […] week.  Or at least for a few days:)  Been meaning to make this recipe from my friend Molly at the Doughing Rogue and so glad I finally did!  Check out her website for some delicious recipes and beautiful […]

  9. Kevin says:

    So, for the past year I’ve been trying to find this wine my wife and I had that we loved and we couldn’t remember where we got it from. I just came back here to get the recipe for this lasagna since my cousin just had a baby, and low and behold, there’s the wine in the picture! Where can I get some of that Dark Horse red wine? It was very tasty.

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