caramelized onion and olive tapenade lasagna

As far as I'm concerned this is the perfect summer lasagna.  It's very light and thanks to trader joe's easy to assemble.  Who doesn't love no-boil lasagna noodles, a jar of olive tapenade, and some fresh tomatoes?  Mozzarella is in there too of course, oh and caramelized onions.  Delicious onions that caramelize nicely thanks to the technique used in this recipe.  

I'll be making this again soon for those nights I know I don't have much time to put together dinner, or frankly want to make something that'll come together quickly.  When I make it again I won't worry so much about how many layers I use but focus on making sure there's enough sauciness so the noodles aren't too dry on the edges, as pictured above.  Rookie fail.  Better luck next time.

{Recipe thanks to and adapted from Country Living}

{Ingredients You'll Need}
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • about 12 lasagna noodles- no-boil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar trader joe's olive tapenade (or similar)
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 ounces mozerella, sliced or 2 cups shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a medium skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter then add the sliced onions and season with about 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Saute on medium-low for about 20 minutes.  Add the sugar, raise the heat to medium, and stir until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add 3 tablespoons water and stir to deglaze then cook an additional 5-8 minutes.  When done remove from the heat.
  3. Brush the bottom of a 9x13 with 1 tablespoon olive oil then lay about 3 noodles side by side and top with one third of the tapenade, tomatoes, onions, and mozzarella.  Repeat layers and drizzle olive oil on top of noodles.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes until cooked through.  Add more cheese if you'd like and bake without the foil until the cheese melts.  Enjoy!


  1. This looks delicious! and it must be a sign that I should make it, since I have a jar of TJ's olive tapenade gathering dust in my fridge. What'd you serve with it? Any tips?

  2. I'm pretty sure this is all we had...or maybe salad too?! I don't always accompany much with my meals these days unless we have extra veg hanging around the fridge.