Ham & Zucchini Italiano Recipe
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Ham & Zucchini Italiano Recipe

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I strongly believe dinner should be three things: healthy, delicious and simple. With fresh zucchini, ham and marinara sauce baked with mozzarella, you can accomplish all three in the time it takes to describe the dish to a grateful family. —Madison Mayberry, Ames, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound smoked deli ham, cut into strips
  • 1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 196 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a large skillet, saute zucchini in oil until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.
  2. Place half of the zucchini in a greased 8-in.-square baking dish. Layer with half of the ham, marinara sauce and cheese. Repeat layers.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ham & Zucchini Italiano in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p52

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mntngirljane User ID: 1915356 212351
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"My mother-in-law introduced this meal to us and we loved it! To make it a bit more filling we added rotini noodles into the dish. We also use yellow squash with the zucchini because they work so together (and our garden runneth over!) In the end, we always have enough to make a 9x13 dish instead. Delish!!"

deserthighlander User ID: 5603219 115659
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"It's a smiple dish you can dress up with other things like mushrooms. It was great!"

praire User ID: 6850609 194884
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"Have made it many times and enjoy itwith crusty bread for a light fall meal!"

sweet1pie User ID: 4100602 132111
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"This has a light feel to it for dinner, but tastes good. Definitely a summer dish!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 183675
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"For some reason, mine came out tasting like a barnyard. That was the exact smell. I had to rate it a two star because I am not sure if it was the recipe or just the age of the cheese I used or the my own frozen zucchini. It does have an interesting mix of ingredients, but mine was just yuk."

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