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Zucchini Pizza Casserole Recipe

Zucchini Pizza Casserole Recipe

I grow zucchini by the bushel, so this pizza casserole is one of my dinnertime go-to's. My hungry husband and kids gobble it right up. —Lynn Bernstetter, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Recipe Note


Test Kitchen Tips

  • Italian sausage or ground turkey sub well in this casserole.
  • Make it vegetarian by skipping the meat and increasing the veggies. Mushrooms or finely chopped cauliflower (or a combination of the two) taste great.
  • This packs up nicely for weekday lunches.
  • Nutritional Facts

    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

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    Jennifer
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2017

    "So delicious! I did use fresh grated Parmesan cheese and topped with fresh sliced mozzarella. Didn't add any shredded mozzarella to the zucchini mixture only used Cheddar and Parmesan and still came out great!"

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    jpmcatsx3
    Reviewed Aug. 23, 2017

    "Made it with Italian sausage instead of ground beef and added 2 tsp minced garlic. Yummy! Everyone loved it! I like the zucchini crust especially since it cuts down on carbs. Will definitely be making this again!"

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    katieleigh3508
    Reviewed Aug. 23, 2017

    "Excellent! I liked it better fresh out of the oven so I will stick to a 1/2 recipe (8" square pyrex) to limit leftovers. Delicious!! (PS - I used ground chicken instead of beef to lower cholesterol - couldn't tell one bit of difference.)"

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    bethsmoak
    Reviewed Aug. 7, 2017

    "This was fantastic! We don't eat a lot of pizza because of the carbs, so this is an incredible substitute for pizza! We will definitely be making it again!"

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    momzilla24
    Reviewed Aug. 4, 2017

    "Very tasty, versatile crust. Great way to use up the zucchini overload. Even those who don't care for zucchini will enjoy it. Have made it with a layer of ricotta, fresh tomatoes and basil instead of the the meat sauce for a vegetarian alternative."

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    LindaMaeB
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2017

    "I also added some extra Italian seasoning and garlic powder. My husband, who usually does not care for vegetables, went back for more!"

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    WonkyGirl
    Reviewed Jul. 22, 2017

    "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."

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    eskie137
    Reviewed Jul. 22, 2017

    "Been making this for years, I call it zucchini parmesian. I saute some fresh garlic, coat the zuchiini with some flaoved breat crummbs then fry just a little,put in casserole dish, then just ad my marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesian and bake. Very flavorful with just the two cheeses."

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    Denise
    Reviewed Jul. 22, 2017

    "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."

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    JFelt
    Reviewed Jul. 20, 2017

    "We have made this many times and love it. I use pizza sauce instead of tomato sauce which is more flavorful. To lighten it up a little, we use 2 percent cheese and turkey italian sausage or turkey pepperoni. Very easy to freeze and take in my lunch later too."

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