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Cheesy Zucchini Pizza Casserole Recipe

The taste of pizza in this dish—and the goodness of garden produce—makes it a surefire hit with folks of all ages!—Emma Gayle Hageman, Waucoma, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained

Directions

  • 1. Place zucchini in a double thickness of cheesecloth; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Gather ends of cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine zucchini, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and eggs. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until crust is set.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, garlic powder, and oregano; bring to a boil. Spoon over crust.
  • 4. Top with green pepper and mushrooms; sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 25-35 minutes longer or until heated through and cheeses are melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 326 calories, 19 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 848 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.