Zucchini Pizza Casserole Recipe
- 4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce
- 1 medium green or sweet red pepper, chopped
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place zucchini in colander; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture.
- 2. Combine zucchini with eggs, Parmesan and half of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into a greased 13x9-in. or 3-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
- 3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add red pepper. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes longer.
- 4. Freeze option: Cool baked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap casserole; reheat on a lower oven rack until heated through and a thermometer inserted in center reads 165°. Yield: 8 servings.
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1 cup: 315 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 855mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.
Reviews for Zucchini Pizza Casserole
"This is also good as a Mexican casserole. Switch your cheeses to Mexican mix cheeses and pepper jack. Same with sauce, try rotel or even an enchilada sauce with chunky salsa."
"Just made this and will be making it again but found it a bit bland, so the next time I make it I'll be adding a little heat and different (more pungent) cheese combination. I didn't saute the red peppers and loved it that way. Hubby just went for seconds - a good sign. Update: Just realized I used tomato sauce instead of a spiced Italian sauce. My bad. Trying it again - this time I'll read the directions more carefully."
"WE LOVED THIS!!!!!!! Will definitely make again.My husband said it's better than spaghetti. Used canned pizza sauce and Parmesan on top. Could use a little more zucchini. I think I need to start growing zucchini. LOL"
"This was amazing!! HUGE hit!!!"
"Absolutely delicious and so easy!!"
"This recipe is really good, and a great summer dish for when zucchinis are in abundance. I loved the zucchini crust. It was such a nice change of pace to a heavy bread crust. The only changes I made were based on using ingredients on hand - used an Italian cheese blend for the mozzarella and a colby-jack blend for the cheddar because I had both of those. I love a dish that is versatile in that way so just use whatever cheese combo you like best on this dish and you should have a winner. Also, I took the advice of others and cooked the bell pepper with the beef and onions because my family prefers that combo. My skeptical pizza loving daughter ate this and said it was good. I will definitely be making this dish again."
"Loved this recipe. The only thing I did differently was I cooked the peppers with beef and onions. Tastes even better as leftovers the next day!"
"This recipe is really really good. I've also used the zucchini, cheese, and egg mix as the base for Eggplant Parmesan instead of pasta. Everyone loves it."
"Love this ......great way to use up a jar of pizza sauce too... come summer everyone has Zucchinis ....everything is in this meal too...a filling side dish or a complete meal.... Made it in ramekins...a good way to serve it too...spray the ramekins tho...sausage substitute work's as well...biggest deal is getting ALL the water out of the Zucchini ...."
"Has become a favorite at my house, added two cloves of garlic to the sauce and half onion and its delicious !"
"I made this years ago for my veggie hating kids. Making it now for my veggie hating grandkids. Hubby and I love it and the grandkids don't know what they're eating! Works for me!!"
"I have made this many times now and every time it's still fantastic! Only changes I've made is that I use frozen chopped peppers and onions and cook them with the hamburger, I also use plain tomato sauce and just add italian seasoning and garlic."
"Love this recipe. Have made it many times. I have even froze it. This one is a keeper."
"This is excellent. I loved that it tastes like pizza and the zucchini was essentially hidden in the dish. I did make a few changes - ground turkey instead of ground beef and I ran out of mozzarella cheese so I ended up using cheddar to replace it. I would absolutely make this again, maybe adding a few pizza toppings to it as well."
"This deserves all the fantastic reviews! If you are looking for recipes that will work well with a spiralizer, I used my thin-cut zucchini noodles instead of shredding them and it was great. I loved seeing my kids inhale all the zucchini!"
"I made this casserole on 11/1/16 and it's delicious! I did use 3 small red peppers, ground turkey in place of the beef, 2 cups shredded Pizza cheese blend and 1 cup Pepper-Jack/Cheddar cheese blend since I had those prepared cheeses on hand. I'd also added 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper to the ground turkey/chopped onion and I used a 15-oz. can pizza sauce. I used a 3-qt. casserole. delowenstein"
"I made this today, and it was easy and delicious. I will definitely make it again."
"With over 200 5-star reviews, I felt this dish was a no brainer. (I like to try new TOH recipes that don't have as many reviews yet, but I wanted a sure fire meal for tonight.) It was YUMMY.....loved the baked shredded zucchini-cheese base and can't go wrong with a tomato beef mixture with more cheese. Two thumbs way up and a perfect casserole to make anytime. Husband liked as much as I did."
"Wonderful dish! So simple and quick to make too! Can personalize it for your family with additional toppings too! Will definitely make again! Thank you!"
"This is definitely a do it again. I will try adding some other "pizza" toppings next time."
"My husband really enjoyed the meal. Didn't have enough of some of the cheeses, used what I had. Next time I'm going to top it with saute or canned mushroom, you could top it with any of your favorite topping."
"This was very good. Will be making again very soon. Thank you for such a great recipe."
"Outstanding recipe! Anyone who's tasted this ALWAYS requests the recipe. Yes, it's that darn good!"
"Made this tonight for supper. There was just the 2 of us. We liked it so much we ate over half of it. Leftovers tomorrow. I followed recipe pretty much to a tee, loved it!"
"Excellent! I used half summer squash and half zucchini-a perfect use for some of the squash our garden is giving us. I substituted mild provolone cheese for the cheddar and added some slices of turkey pepperoni for a little more "pizza" flavor. I also gave the top of the casserole a sprinkling of Penzey's Frozen Pizza seasoning-that really sealed the deal. We loved this casserole-I'll definitely be making it again. Thank you, Lynn!"
"This recipe was so easy to make. A little different way to use zucchini. My guests loved it.Served six, not eight. I will definitely make it again."
"I've made this twice in the last two weeks, as it's become one of my husband's top faves of my recipes. It's just the two of us, so I always halve the recipe and bake it in an 8X8 pan (it takes a little less time, and I cover it for the last ten minutes of baking to prevent over browning), and we get three dinners out of it. This time, I made it in the morning, as (1) it doesn't heat the house up quite as much earlier in the day, and (2) we both think it tastes better after it sits awhile. I generally avoid cheesy-meaty dishes during the hotter months, but this one doesn't come off as heavy because of the zucchini "crust". I've made it without the peppers on top or with roasted red peppers, and it's super either way."
"I'm going to try making this tonight with pepperoni instead of ground meat"
"Made this for the second time yesterday. It was very good. Will definitely make it often during zucchini season."
"My family devoured this delicious dish. After reading the reviews I made sure to dry the zucchini well, and I jazzed up my sauce with some fresh herbs (basil, parsley and oregano) and garlic, and instead of ground beef I used hot and spicy breakfast sausage I had on hand. Can't wait to make it again with a layer of sauteed mushrooms! Thanks for this great recipe."
"This was one of the worst recipe I have ever tried from your site. It was a total mush bunch of green goop and I had to throw it out. What a waste of my time it preparing it."
"This was excellent! Recommend: cooking red pepper with beef and adding garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to amp up the flavors! We really enjoyed this!"
"I made this yesterday with zucchini fresh from the garden. I actually cut the recipe in half, and it turned out just fine. I also did not use hamburger but instead, we used 1 cup of pepperoni ."
"Very good and easy! I used tofu for the hamburger!"
"I made this tonight and I must say it is delicious. I did take a couple of suggestions from others: 1) I drained the zucchini for about 30 minutes then I pressed out as much moisture as I could in the strainer - then transferred to paper towel and blotted some more - my casserole was not runny; 2) I added 1/2 tsp basil and 1/2 tsp oregano and 2 minced garlic cloves to tomato sauce mixture and sauteed the green peppers with the meat and onion. The sauce was anything but bland. I will be making this recipe for a long time to come. Thank you."
"I've made this recipe several times as written. It's a great way to use zucchini and it's always a hit."
"Excellent! Great low carb dish to satisfy cravings for pizza. Will be making this and changing up the meat/veggies to make different varities(this time I used ground beef,mushrooms and black olives. I also added seasoning to tomato sauce (red pepper flakes, garlic powder and Italian seasoning."
"Awesome! We practically cleaned out the bowl. No left-overs, so sad."
"This recipe is great; it's delicious and different. We tried it with sausage instead of beef first, and that was way too salty; that is not the fault of the recipe though. I add Italian seasoning to the sauce and cook the green pepper with the onion."
"My picky family liked this recipe. I made it as written, except that I added minced garlic when browning the ground beef and also used pizza sauce instead of Italian tomato sauce. I may try some other options next time, like adding mushrooms."
"Very good recipe!! I, too, added a bit more seasoning to the meat (oregano and garlic) but otherwise made as written. I tend to like my food a bit more spicy so thought maybe I'd add some dried pepper flakes to the meat the next time. Very good warmed up the next day, too!! I can't wait for zucchini season to make this again and again!!!"
"I don't eat carbs (pasta, etc) and can't wait to make this. Will probably add some ricotta on top of the zucchini."
"Everyone loved this."
"I passed this recipe along to a friend who made it for a church potluck and everyone wanted the recipe. She made some and brought it to work and got the same rave reviews!"
"Love, love, love this recipe! And it reheats wonderfully. Great way to sneak in veggies too."
"This is delicious but needs to be seasoned. I added oregano, basil, salt and pepper. I added a couple of cloves of garlic to the onion/hamburger blend while browning. My anti-zucchini family really enjoyed it."
"great tasting will make it again my guests loved it and asked for the recipe it was yummy everyone had two helpings. it was easy to make ."
"This was delicious and a great way to use up zucchini. I love the fact it had vegetables in it and my son had no idea!"
"I made this for my family using fresh Zucchini from our garden. I will definitely make it again, especially for my husband."
"Good way to use garden zucchini."
"This dish was very tasty, my husband loved the dish. I added slices of pepperjack cheese to the topping. Will definitely make again."
"Family loves this recipe!! I skipped the green pepper, but added garlic and mushrooms. I used one can of tomato sauce and 1 can of diced tomatoes drained and pureed to give it some texture and also added Italian seasoning, basil and garlic powder. I have shared this with many friends. Thank you!"
"My husband and I loved this dish - very flavorful and easily made. I followed the recipe as written except for the substitution of pizza sauce for the tomato sauce. I like that this casserole may also be frozen and the next time I make it (and there will definitely be a next time!) I think I will put it into two 8" dishes and pop one in the freezer for later. Great recipe!"
"I made this recipe the other night and it is Fantastic. I didn't use tomato sauce... I used a can of stewed tomatoes and added 1 tblspn of basil and thyme to make it more Italian. I cooked it down until the liquid dissipated. It was Super Delicious!!!!"
"I have enjoyed this recipe, as written and it was delicious. I have now added my own additions and use hot sausage in place of the beef. I have also used pizza sauce to make it more like pizza and added traditional pizza toppings. Great taste anyway you decide to make it and it is a great recipe for those that are doing keto or low carb diets."
"Made for dinner tonight for my adult son and I!Omgosh, it's so delicious, thank you ,I didn't have mozzarella so I grated string cheeseI used two can tomato sauce and sprinkled with Italian seasoning and garlic powder! YumOh an a dash of sugar, yes sugar about a teaspoon! I omitted the green peppers didn't have any, but sprinkle chopped green onions (scallions) yumI wanted to get seconds, think I'll wait till tomorrow CALORIES LOLGOOD LUCKMUCH ALOHACINDY WILSON"
"This was very good and I liked adding nutrition by using zucchini instead of a bread crust."
"great recipe. Good way to use up all the zucchini from our garden."
"My husband is NOT a picky eater - but my children and I are. We all loved this so much we made it twice and brought it to a family party where it was devoured! Great texture, flavor and taste. I made sure to not only drain the zucchini but blotted it with paper towels - It was PERFECT!"
"This was wonderful tasting! In place of the ground beef I used sausage and in place of the Italian tomato sauce I used homemade marinara. The zucchini will be soggy if you don't drain it properly, but it still tastes good. You can pour off the extra liquid for nice and firm leftovers."
"Awesome will make again and again"
"Very good! I used sausage instead of ground beef.. Also added pizza sauce to tomato sauce because I didn't have Italian tom sauce. I will definitely make again.."
"Very good, but extremely high in fat and cholesterol. So not really a "healthy dish" but very tasty."
"Made this tonight and we both loved it. Since I just had regular tomato sauce, I added Italian seasoning and some garlic powder. Definitely a keeper."
"I made this for my husband's coworkers. It was a big hit. Very easy to make and a great way to get people to eat their veggies. I added one tsp of parsley to the sauce bc I could only find plain sauce."
"I made this dish for a book club I just recently joined. It was a big hit . BANG!!everybody wants the recipe, Great way to utilize the abundance of veggie this time of year,"
"Family loved it. Next time I'll double it."
"I made this tonight for supper with few adjustments -- package of ground turkey was a little more than a pound so added more onion plus used Prego Chunky Garden Tomato, Onion & Garlic spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. Didn't measure the cheese -- anyone who loves cheese doesn't care if there is more. Most of the ingredients as to the amounts can be adjusted to your preference. It was wonderful. My husband thought it was really good & kept taking a little more & a little more. I will definitely be making it again."
"This was really good. I thought it tasted more like lasagna than pizza. Maybe it was because I used a jar of spaghetti sauce in place of the tomato sauce. I did follow the ret of the recipe. I will make this again!!!!"
"My husband HATES zucchini! When I served this dish, he raved and raved about it. He thought the zucchini crust was actually rice, but when I told him what it really was, he just smiled and went back for seconds!!! I will definitely make this again. Next time, we may add olives to it for some extra zing, but the recipe is great as-is!!!"
"This got my husbands 2 thumbs up...had it today for lunch. I did add 1tsp each, basil, oregano and garlic powder to sauce along with fresh mushrooms on top. Definitely a keeper!"
"i saw that this was one of the best rated casseroles so it inspired me to try it. It wasn't anything to really rave about and I wouldn't make it again unless I added something like sausage. Maybe that would be better. It tasted kind of bland to me. Needed some spices to taste like pizza"
"I fixed this last night for my husband & me~delicious! I used venison for the meat & a little variation on the cheeses~added my own spices to tomato sauce~only because this is all I had on hand but you couldn't ask for it to be any better than this! Thank you~definitely a keeper:)"
"I've been a subscriber to Taste of Home since the very early 90's and have to say this is my first review of any recipe. Believe me, my family has many favorite TOH recipes, but I have to say this is excellent. I added a teaspoon each of dried basil, oregano, and garlic powder to the zucchini mixture. Instead of ground beef I used 1/2 lb each of ground sirloin and turkey sausage. I also used mushrooms. I know I hate when someone rates a recipe after they changed it, but it would be just as delicious made as printed. Thanks Lynn for a great way to use up an abundance of zucchini!"
"Whole family loved it! Added some oregano , basil and garlic powder. Next time will replace 1/2 pound of burger with Italian sausage"
"I look forward to making this dish. I love zucchini and pizza so this is a great combo. And it's a good way to get my family to eat more veggies."
"I forgot to tell you that I added 1 C quick oatmeal and 1 C chopped walnuts to the reserved crust for the topping."
"I loved this recipe. Different. Great way to use zucchini. Flavors even better day 2 and beyond. Enjoying to the last bite!!"
"Had last night for dinner and it was excellent. We are trying to go low carb and this looked great. I made sure the zucchini was well drained and I baked it 25 minutes and the crust was fine. I did leave out the cheddar cheese and added more Parmesan. I also used turkey Italian sausage for more flavor and we don't eat much beef. Topped with it with regular jar spaghetti sauce since that is all I had and yellow peppers, onion, some garlic. So yummy!"
"This was a great recipe to use up zucchini. I would make this again."
"Both my husband and I liked it and my kids loved it! I did add some seasonings to the crust: garlic, Italian seasoning, basil, and oregano."
"This wasn't bad, but I thought the green pepper overpowered everything and I like green pepper. I used spaghetti sauce and added some garlic powder and fresh basal to the sauce. I think I will try again, but will put mushrooms and black olives on top and skip the green peppers. Definitely worth making again with some tweaking."
"My husband and I loved it. Since we live in New Mexico I added chopped green chile. It is a keeper. Next time I will also add fresh mushrooms."
"This was good, but I think I like LKimK77 recipe so I'm going to try it except for home made sauce, I'll use pizza sauce and no bell pepper (we can't eat them) I'll use a banana or sweet pepper"
"This was awesome. My entire family loves it. I usually use sausage, pizza sauce and add green peppers, and fresh mushrooms. This is a keeper."
"I love this recipe! It's one of the reasons we grow zucchini!"
"Excellent Recipe! A definite "do over"."
"This is a awesome pizza for a gluten free diet. I used my home made red sauce omitted the cheddar cheese and topped it with sauteed mushrooms, onions, orange pepper, & black olives, and topped with green onion before serving."
"Followed SKS2's review and made with spaghetti sauce. Husband and 1 year old loved it! Will definitely make again."
"How I made the recipe shown: I did green onion instead of white onion, no ground beef, turkey bacon without nitrates, red and green bell peppers diced, and my bottom layer (crust) also contained squash with the zucchini. I used a food processor attachment to shred the zuke and squash. Added an extra egg white as I had I had more veggies at the bottom layer. Added crushed red pepper to my pizza sauce layer. IT WAS AWESOME!!!"
"This was very good. I used spaghetti sauce in place of the tomato sauce."
"Loved this and enjoyed the leftovers a few days later. Delicious! I added a small can of petite diced tomatoes (well drained). Have prepared it several times already."
"Great way to use up my vast supply of zuchinni"
"My husband loved this dish and was happy that there were leftovers for his lunch the next day. After reading other reviews I was very careful to make sure I really got the moisture out of the zucchini and was glad I had. This came out great. I will definitely be making again and may follow some of the suggestions for other toppings like pepperoni or maybe even using the sausage in place of the ground beef."
"My family didn't like it the zucchini was too soggy."
"This was a big hit with my family. It's definitely worth giving it a try!!!"
"Love this casserole - great way to use up summer zucchini - I have made several - so we have some in the freezer for later!"
"Actually tastes even better the next day as a leftover"
"MY HUSBAND LOVED IT, AND BROUGHT SOME FOR LUNCH TO WORK. HE TOLD AND SHOWED IT OFF . ANOTHER GUY WANTED RECEIPE.I DID ADD PEPPERONI ONTOP WITH WITH ITALIAN STYLE-SIX CHEESE BLEND -AS FINISHING TOUCH.EVEN LOOKED BETTER..."
"When I first mentioned this to DH, his response was somewhat short of enthusiastic. But his motto is "I'll try anything once." He absolutely raved about this dish. After reading many of the reviews, I made sure that my zucchini was as dry as possible. I didn't use salt, but squeezed the shredded zucchini through some linen towels and then lit it sit for about a half hour. Then squeezed it through paper towels. I really wanted a firm crust so baked it for 25 minutes rather than 20. That timing was absolutely perfect; the edges were just starting to brown. I added garlic, red pepper flakes and some dried oregano to the sauce, and sprinkled some fresh julienned basil on top of the casserole right before baking. The ground beef was more prevalent a flavor than I had expected, and the zucchinie was less. This is a great casserole in which to "hide" vegetables. We'd love to try it with Italian sausage instead of the ground beef, but unfortunately that would raise the fat content through the roof. All and all, a yummy recipe."
"We didn't care for this at all."
"Delicious. Added a little crushed pepper flakes"
"This was a major hit in our home. My daughter is a veggiei-hater and she even loved it. This is a definite future meal in our home again."
"Made this for dinner last night. It wasn't bad, but I wasn't blown away by it. I didn't really taste the zucchini, so it would be a good way to sneak some in on a veggie hater. Left off the green peppers & topped mine with mushrooms & black olives. I will probably make it again, but not often as there is a lot of cheese!"
"We loved this. I have to admit though, that I added basil and oregano from the garden and more salt and pepper."
"Made just as written (except for subbing pasta sauce for tomato sauce). A keeper for sure. Love the low carb!"
"It was great. The hardest part was drying our the zucchini. I added mushrooms and olives."
"My son didn't really like this, but I did. Of course, he doesn't like lasagna (I can't explain it), so that may be part of it. But I liked the zucchini...I might have to experiment with it a bit more..."
"I love zucchini. This casserole is very good and leftovers are good too!"
"I wasn't sure that my family would go for this one, but my two worst critics, the husband and the picky son loved it. I would agree with everyone else that the zucchini needs about 20 min to drain and I took handfuls and squeezed it out and had no problems. Will be making again soon!!"
"Excellent!! It has already become a family favorite, & I've made it several times. I added some pizza seasoning to the sauce to make it take even more pizza-y."
"After I wrote my review I was reading all the others and quite a few was talking about it being watery. First, let it stand about 20-30 minutes then squeeze it out by handfuls, that really helps, but I found if I baked the crust about 30-35 minutes or longer before adding the sauce makes for a firmer crust. Love it!"
"I seen this recipe on here last year and have made it several times now. My husband loves it so much I even had to buy zucchini from the store during the winter months and into summer till the zucchini was ready again. Once when I had been canning some homemade pasta sauce, I had a bit left over in the refrigerator and decided to use that in place of the tomato sauce, it was excellent. Also, have used leftover taco meat. That was good too. Thanks!!!"
"Very good!!!!! I wish I had this recipe at the beginning of zucchini season. Will definitely make again. Three people ate all most the whole dish!!!! I let the zucchini set with the salt a good 20 minutes. I used some of my homemade salsa and homemade spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. I also topped with some of my pickled Hungarian waxed peppers. Excellent flavor."
"This was delicious. I substituted pizza sauce for the tomato sauce, and used pepperoni instead of ground beef. Yummy! Leftovers were great!"
"Excellent. I didn't think my husband would like this, be he did!! He thought it would make a good dip. It truly is a unique way to use zucchini, and it was delicious. Good leftover, too."
"This is a fabulous way to use up extra zucchini!! I double the meat/tomato mixture as my husband and boys needed a meatier dish. I didn't have italian tomato sauce and have found that one big can of Hunt's Spaghetti sauce is perfect for the doubled mixture. I agree, it is even better the next day."
"Excellent recipe. Will definitely make again."
"Four out of four adults in this family did not care for this at all. It was too rich and greasy with all the cheese."
"So good and so easy! Wonderful way to use zucchini."
"Very Very good - followed the advice from other comments... I let the zucchini sit for 30 minutes and squeezed out by the handful, added 1/2 lb of mild Italian sausage and pepperoni's on top.. Even better the next day."
"This was amazing! Draining the water out of the zucchini was more time consuming.. plan for atleast 15 minutes. I added fresh basil on top. All 3 kids and my husband LOVED it!"
"This was so good, will make it again. The only thing i did different was used pizza sauce instead of the tomatoe sauce."
"I let my shredded & salted zucchini sit for about 20 minutes, then squeezed as much of the liquid out as I could by handfuls since I felt I would be able to get more out that way. After I pressed it into the dish I used several paper towels to soak up excess liquid. After baking the zucchini was still a little "liquidy", but not bad. I'm wondering how it would be with 1 egg instead. With the 2 eggs it didn't seem to bind the zucchini, in fact it seems the cheese would do a good enough job.I used spaghetti sauce and added a little more garlic and a very small sprinkling of oregano and basil."
"Terrific recipe. I did sub my homemade pizza sauce for the tomato sauce because that's what I had. I left out the cheddar and increased the two other cheeses to make it up. I also added pepperoni. Will make this again and again, thanks!"
"This is one of my favorite recipes only I add one can of diced tomatoes and use one small can of sauce instead of the 15 oz can of sauce."
"This was so good. Probably one of the best zucchini recipes I have made. I didn't have any green peppers, but used pepperonis on top instead. I premade the casserole the day before, but waited to put the remaining cheese and pepperonis on top until the last 10 minutes of reheating. Before I put the pepperonis on top I microwaved them a bit and blotted off the grease. Then I cut them up and sprinkled them on top."
"Made this casserole exactly as the recipe is written - next time tweaked it and used 1/2 hamburger and 1/2 italian sausage only because we like a little more spice. This is a wonderful recipe - our entire family loved it even my picky father-in-law and our 4 1/2 year old granddaughter. This is a keeper!"
"This recipe is delicious ! I baked the crust for 30 min, replaced the green pepper with green and black olives. Will definitely make again."
"I loved this recipe, but used chopped pepperoni slices to make it really taste like pizza."
"This is my new favorite recipe. I have made this dish about 6 times in the last 4 months. I use a pound of sausage and a pound of ground beef, cook them both; combine with the spaghetti sauce and than divide. I use one mixture right away, and freeze the other for a later use.You can also make the zucchini crust a day early and assemble the whole recipe; put it in the fridge, and bake the next day for dinner.This is my new lasagna--and so much cheaper too!"
"Very good!! The process of drainig the zucchini was long. I drained it for 30 minutes, squeezed it and drained again for 30 minutes. I then rolled it in a towel to make sure all the liquid was gone. I used mild turkey sausage and added garlic and italian seasoning to the meat. I will make this again but next time I will cook the zucchini longer until it is golden brown and starts to get crusty."
"My husband and I love this dish! I substitute the hamburger for Italian style ground turkey which gives it more flavor than regular hamburger."
"Used Italian sausage for meat. Very good use for zucchini."
"Trying to watch my carbs, this is delish! I used pizza sauce and topped it with mushrooms and italian sausage crumbled-yum! Put in containers for lunch this week."
"Our family loved this! My husband (not a huge zucchini fan) and my one-year-old son both ate two pieces. Since my family is smaller, I made it in two pie plates so we could give one away. Worked perfectly! I agree with other reviews that the zucchini needs to drain longer - at least 20-30 minutes - to get properly dry. Otherwise it's a bit soggy. Will definitely make again!"
"Delicious! Added a shredded potato to the zucchini mixture because I didn't have quite enough zucchini. Also added mushroom. Definately a keeper!"
"I really liked this recipe quite a bit. The flavors were excellent together and I loved the "juiciness" of the dish. It was delicious. I added a little crushed red peppers and some mushrooms to the sauce."
"All 8 of us loved the flavor! Not hugely filling as is and quite watery from the zucchini. Next time I made it decided to add 2-3 C. of cooked spaghetti to zucchini/cheese mixture. Delicious and completely filling. Have made it several times now and works out great. Has become a big favorite."
"I'm not a huge fan of zucchini, but am trying to eat more veggies. This was wonderful! I didn't even taste the zucchini. I made this as is, but it definitely lends itself to experimenting. Yum!!!"
"Tasted great but was too mushy."
"I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it even my 6yr old. Good meal for my diabetic husband, he said it was very filling."
"I absolutely loved this recipe and so did my husband. It was especially tasty for leftovers the next day. I will definitely make this again!"
"What a great recipe!"
"One of my 12 year olds favorite things! We add a bit more cheese than it calls for. Great for warming up at work the next day!"
"Of course, I always have to tweak a recipe, but I did add a bit of basil and marjoram to the meat/tomato sauce mixture. I also added minced garlic. I probably strained the zucchini for about 20 minutes. I probably squeezed 2 cups of liquid out of it. It still seemed wet, but when I mixed it with the cheese, it was almost a little too dry to combine until I mixed the eggs in. I also sliced roma tomatoes, sprinkled with basil, pepper, and salt, on top before adding the top layer of cheese. I'll definitely make this again."
"I did not soak my zucchini and I use tomato sauce with Italian Herbs. Everyone loved it!"
"Love this recipe, cheesy and delicious! I am always looking for new ways to use zucchini from my garden."
"My whole family really liked this recipe. The only thing I did different was I added some dried oregano and basil to the beef mixture, and crumbled 5 strips of cooked bacon on top along with the green pepper. I'll be making this again."
"I made twice this to take to two different gatherings and everyone that tried it loved it. I have passed out several copies of the recipe and am still getting requests for it. I did add a little minced garlic to the sauce, then spinkled on fresh chopped basil and oregano on top before baking. easy and tasty!"
"Absolutely delicious! My husband said, "It's a do over." He also took the leftovers to work and shared a bite with his supervisor and his co-worker. They also loved it and requested their own serving next time. LOL!"
"My son said that it tasted like my homemade pizza before he knew that there was zucchini in the crust. My family liked it. I will make it again."
"Extremely disappointed. While it was tasty -- I added oregano and garlic to the sauce -- it came out a wet mess. Since I drained the meat mixture well and used sauce right from the can without adding water all I can think is 10 minutes isn't nearly long enough to salt-drain the zucchini, which I pressed to drain in the strainer and then squeezed in a towel."
"Some one gave me three zucchinis and this was one of the recipes I tried, it was delicious. Looking forward to making it again."
"This was super!! My four kids came home from sports practice and loved it -- even the one who doesn't like zucchini. I doubled the ground beef and used a can of spaghetti sauce. I cooked onion and peppers with the meat. I added a layer of pepperoni on top the meat layer. I did not have cheddar cheese so omitted that. It was fantastic. I think I will try low fat cheese next time. It is an excellent way to use up zucchini!!"
"Absolutely wonderful!!! I substituted pizza sauce for the tomato sauce since this is a pizza recipe. I also added the onion along with the green pepper as pizza is normally made. I gave the recipe to 6 people the first day I made it for work."
"I have made this twice so far and my family and neighbors love it."
"With no offense meant to the creator of this recipe, I felt cheated! With a name like Zucchini Pizza casserole, I expected some pizza flavors. I didn't get any of that at all!!! It was tasty as made according to the recipe, but disappointing. I kind of thought the zucchini layer on the bottom would be more like a crust, but it wasn't. I will try this again, but I have some other ideas to ramp it up!"
"Deliciousness surpassed our expectations. Made it last night and can't wait till we have it leftover tomorrow night. Used Italian sausage in place of burger, and added a few banana pepper rings to the top. My husband said to be sure and write "keeper" before filing it away. I would serve this to company."
"My family loved it! Let the zucchini dry longer and omitted the salt. Next time my family asked me to add mushrooms. It was delicious!"
"Too salty, I even omitted the pre salting, lacked substance...waste of my good zucchini!"
"Made this for my family and everyone loved it awesome recipe"
"Awesome way to use up all that zucchini!"
"I didn't use the salt, just let it set for about 30 minutes like another review said to do. I added a little bit of oregano and basil to the tomato sauce since I didn't have Italian tomato sauce. I might cut back just a little on the cheese. Taste was excellent. Will be freeze zucchini so I can have this during the winter months."
"Followed advice to be sure zucchini is very dry and used italian sausage instead of hamburger. This was awesome! A definite keeper for my family."
"Very good - my family loved it. I used half spagetti sauce and half It talian tomato sauce and then added italian seasoning to give it a little extra kick. I will definately make this again."
"Loved this! I would like to try adding fresh spinach to this next time. I used Italian seasoned gr. turkey. I also sauteed the chopped onion with the gr. pepper I also added some fresh basil to the turkey, onion and gr pepper mix. I used a nice marinar sauce from Trade Joes and did put black olives in under the top layer of cheese."
"My family LOVED this recipe! We will definitely will make this again....sooner than later."
"For those worried about the sodium content, you don't need to sprinkle the zucchini with salt. Let it stand for 1/2 hour & then wring it out really well. It will be just as good as sprinkling with salt. Any recipe that has this much cheese will have a high sodium content, as cheese is loaded with salt. No need adding more if you can help it!"
"I use pizza sauce instead of tomato sauce and I added chopped onions ... it's so delicious and burst of flavors"
"Have not made this recipe yet, but sounds really delish! My neighbor has an abundance of zucchini, while I only planted two plants this year. I will definitely print her out a copy of this recipe! Has anyone tried throwing in some sliced or chunked pepperoni too? Once I make the recipe as directed, I always "tweek" it, so I may add some pepperoni the second time. I know my family will love this recipe. Can't wait to make it and will report back : ) I may also make one for my son who went back to college, and is living in an apt. near campus. He and his room mates would love this : )"
"I made this for my family several months ago. Delicious !!!!! I have made it 4 more times since then. My husband raves about it and my teenage son eats the zucchini with no complaints. 5 stars from us"
"This was wonderful. My husband raved about it at work and had people request the recipe."
"One of the best recipes I've ever made. My family wants to know when I'll be making it again!!!"
"I made this for my family and they loved it. I will definetely make it again."
"My husband & I loved this recipe. I used Putanesca Spaghetti sauce and it was fabulous. I will be making it for our family picnic."
"I used spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato sauce and it worked great! Also, I omited the cheddar cheese and it was still delicious."
"Wonderful, delicious, versatile, can't wait to make it again. The zucchini crust is fantastic. The key is to squeeze all the liquid out and then squeeze it again. You can make this any way you like your pizza. It also reheats very well for left-overs. Thanks for this great recipe."
"whole family loves this casserole, many come back for seconds"
"Very simple and tasty. I think I might experiment with more toppings next time."
"Very good. My husband and toddler went back for seconds. Will try adding mushrooms to sauce next time."
"Delicious!! I don't care for zucchini or hamburger, but this was great! You can mostly taste cheese (yum). Also, depending on how you fix up the tomato sauce, it adds nice flavor (I added some red pepper as suggested). I also liked the green peppers on top- the crispness was a nice contrast.I would liken the bottom layer to an egg bake consistency and taste."
"Was delicious. Mine came out a little soggy but perhaps I didn't get all the moisture out of the zucchini."
"I made this and the next day it was all gone. Love it!!"
"We really enjoyed this. I was concerned about putting a whole green pepper on top of the cheese, so I put most of it in with the beef and onion to cook. I also added some italian seasoning and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes."
"This was amazing! I have been looking for recipes that taste delicious, but don't have the typical carbs (like pizza crust or lasagna noodles) and this was perfect. I will be adding this to my list of favorites for sure!"
"Love it, and I don't like zucchini! Actually used some Thai squash I had no idea what to do with. Tried some of the suggestions, the sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms and really like the result!"
"This was an awesome recipe. I used mushrooms instead of the green pepper and am going to try some pepperoni next time. A keeper!"
"Went together well, tasted great! I would be very sure to really squeeze out the shredded zucchini. Mine was a little too moist, but still was great!"
"This is one of my favorite ways to use fresh zucchini and the abundance of banana peppers from the garden!"
"This is a fantastic recipe. Great way to use zucchini. Wasn't much left for leftovers!"
"yummy! I used frozen shredded zucchini and just drained the liquid. I used ground turkey and red pepper, and even my picky son liked it!"
"Has anyone tried freezing one?"
"Everyone love it. We served it with olives and sour cream on the side. Yum!"
"Delicious and super easy to make"
"This is a great way to use all that zucchini from the garden! Yum!!!"
"I have made this several times over the years. It's delicious as is; I usually halve it for our smaller family. Also, it's delicious to bake the zucchini base, and sprinkle on top diced chicken, green and red peppers, onion, olives, and salsa to taste (I use about 1 cup for half the recipe) to make a mexican pizza. Yum!"
"This is delicious and I love that it uses an entire big zucchini. My whole family loved it and I will make it again. I thought the bottom was a little soft and next time I make it, I will try adding a couple tablespoons of cornmeal to the zucchini mixture with the hopes of it becoming like polenta.MaryLynHope"
"Wow! This recipe is very delicious! I made a couple of changes by using Italian sausage instead of hamburger and I added hot peppers to the top. I like spicey food so it turned out perfectly. Will definately make this again. Thanks."
"Great! I think you could use italian sausage or ground turkey, and I would add more onions and more green peppers next time. I will also use some reduced fat cheese to cut calories somewhat. I also threw in somme fresh basil into the sauce, and will add even more next time."
"I tried this out for a potluck dish. Everyone enjoyed & was wanting the recipe! Will make again."
"This was very tasty! I didn't have Italian tomato sauce, so I cooked the ground beef & onion with 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp basil & oregano, some salt, crushed red pepper & paprika. I only used 1 can of tomato sauce and added a can of extremely well drained (I actually squeezed handfuls out) diced tomatoes. Delish!"
"Made this tonight. DH says 'it's a keeper'!My Changes: I used frozen shredded zucchini, so didn't need the salt to draw the water.Sauteed the green pepper with beef and onion.Sprinkled sliced ripe olives on top of the meat sauce, before putting on the cheeses.When cheeses melted as it cooked, the olives peeked thru. Will be making this again. Hope somebody gives us zucchini as i thought we had so much frozen from last year that we didn't plant any this year. Jan."
"Absolutely delicious! Fantastic as leftovers also!!"
"This was really a great way to use up the zucchini in the garden. It was delicious. Because my family really likes cheddar cheese I used a cup of cheddar on the top with the mozzarella. Everyone enjoyed it. I also made just the base without the top and served it with a chicken dinner. Went over well."
"WE HAVE MADE THIS ZUCCHINI PIZZA casserole 3 TIMES ALREADY THIS SUMMER. WE LOVED IT. COULD PROBABLY FREEZE SOME GRATED ZUCCHINI AND MAKE IT THIS WINTER TOO. THANKS FROM NEBRASKA"
"I found this recipe as I had some fresh zucchini to use up. It turned out wonderful!!!It is definitely a keeper. My husband and toddler both loved it. The only thing I did different was sauteed my onion and green pepper and then cooked my meat and used my favorite spaghetti sauce. It was absolutely delicious!"
"This dish is "to die for". We did not plant garden this year, but our neighbor provided us with an ample supply of zucchini.**Sincerely**"