Zucchini Rollatini
Serves: 6
  • 4 medium zucchini, about 2 pounds, trimmed, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch thick slices (you’ll probably get 6-8 slices per zucchini)
  • ¼ cup unrefined cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil + extra for brushing zucchini
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt + additional for the sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds cherry tomatoes, about 2 pints, stemmed and halved
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces Kite hill almond milk ricotta cheese or regular ricotta*
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place zucchini slices on the sheet pan, making sure not to overlap them. Brush each slice with a thin coat of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until zucchini is soft, but not falling apart.
  3. Prepare the cherry tomato sauce: heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium low heat. Add the sliced garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté until fragrant. When the garlic just starts to turn golden around the edges, increase the heat to medium and add the tomatoes plus 2 big pinches of salt and pepper to taste. Cook tomatoes, stirring often until they start to lose their shape, about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and remove from heat. Tear or slice basil leaves and stir into tomato mixture.
  4. Transfer the sauce to an 8 x 8 baking dish, a 9-inch pie plate or if you used an oven-proof skillet, leave the sauce in there.
  5. When the zucchini is cool enough to handle, spread about 1 Tablespoon of ricotta cheese evenly along each slice.
  6. Roll the slices and arrange them each seam side down in the prepared baking dish or oven-proof skillet.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until rolls are heated through.
*Homemade cashew-cauliflower ricotta is also great here. Recipe below:
8 ounces cauliflower florets, cut into ½ -inch pieces (2 ¼ cups) or cauliflower rice
1 ½ cups raw cashews, chopped
2 ¼ teaspoons sea salt, divided

To make the ricotta: Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add cauliflower florets, cashews, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook until cauliflower is very soft and falls apart easily when poked with a fork, about 20 minutes. If using 8 ounces of cauliflower rice, add after 10 minutes (halfway through). Drain cauliflower mixture in colander and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Process cauliflower mixture, 3 Tablespoons olive oil and ¼ cup water in a clean food processor fitted with the metal blade until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mixture will be slightly grainy. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at https://pamelasalzman.com/zucchini-rollatini-recipe/