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Ham & Zucchini Italiano

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


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a large skillet, saute zucchini in oil until crisp-tender. Sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.
  • 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.
  • Bake, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 196 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Erin
    Jul 16, 2017

    Absolutely delicious! When sauteing the zucchini, I added diced onion and seasoned with garlic powder and black pepper. I switched the basil to italian seasoning and doubled it. This turned out amazing! Wish I had some crusty italian bread to soak up to sauce because it did get a little watery from the zucchini. Will be making this again and again! Thank you for a great recipe!

  • mntngirljane
    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!!

  • BhRrR
    Aug 15, 2013

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  • tallteach
    Jul 26, 2013

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  • deserthighlander
    Oct 2, 2012

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

  • praire
    Sep 7, 2012

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

  • sweet1pie
    Jul 28, 2012

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

  • 1275
    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.