Baked Zucchini and Cheese

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Baked Zucchini and Cheese
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Baked Zucchini and Cheese Recipe – This simple baked zucchini recipe is an amazing side dish or a light meatless dinner. Zucchini are tossed with onion, grape tomatoes, herbs, spices, mozzarella, and olive oil then baked in the oven to crisp perfection. You’ll love this zucchini recipe because it is made with just a few simple ingredients and it’s also keto, low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian! So simple, so delicious. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the baked zucchini and cheese recipe

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Baked zucchini and cheese recipe

Baked zucchini is an easy recipe, and always a crowd-pleaser. You’ll love this cheesy baked zucchini recipe: It’s vegetarian, low-carb, keto, gluten-free, and made in 30 minutes. Plus, it makes a great recipe for using up all of that amazing summer zucchini!  We tell you: If you want to get the kids (or anyone else) to eat some veggies, then this is the recipe for you!

How to make baked zucchini and cheese

Nothing easier! Cheesy zucchini casserole is simple to make, with only a handful of ingredients and steps before popping it in the oven. In a baking dish, combine diced zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, onion, spices, herbs, half the cheese, and olive oil. Bake in the oven at 375ºF (190ºC) until almost tender, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Then finish baking the zucchini and cheese for another 10 minutes in the oven. Done!

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1. To make the baked zucchini and cheese: Preheat your oven to 375ºF (190ºC).

2. In a baking dish, combine diced zucchini, bell pepper, chopped onions, grape tomatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and half the shredded mozzarella. Season with salt, fresh ground black pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Stir together until the veggies are coated with cheese and the herbs are well-distributed. 

3. Bake in the oven, uncovered for about 20 minutes, or slightly longer. Pierce a piece of zucchini with a fork to be sure it’s mostly tender.

4. When the zucchini is nearly cooked through, remove the baking from the oven and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella. Put the dish back in the oven and bake 10 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned and the zucchini is fully cooked. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and red chili pepper flakes. Serve the baked zucchini and cheese immediately. Enjoy! ❤️

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Tips for the zucchini and cheese recipe

  • You can add a couple of tablespoons of grated parmesan to the zucchini if you like.
  • We like the Mediterranean flair of this baked zucchini recipe, that’s why we use mozzarella. But feel free to use any cheese, or cheese blend you like!
  • Use a combination of yellow squash and zucchini, to make the casserole more colorful!
  • You can add a teaspoon of instant chicken stock to enhance the flavor of the baked vegetables.

What to serve with baked zucchini and cheese

This baked zucchini casserole pairs beautifully with just about any family meal. Serve the cheesy zucchini dish with grilled chicken, pork chops, steak, shrimp, or salmon. It’s super versatile, and always a hit!

How to avoid baked zucchini from getting soggy?

Zucchini contains a lot of water, so when it bakes it can release a lot of excess water making your baked zucchini come out watery. If you have extra time, you can do this to prevent zucchini from getting soggy: Lightly salt your diced zucchini on all sides, then place it on a thick layer of paper towels. Let the diced zucchini sit here for 15 minutes, then flip them over and let them rest for another 15 minutes. You’ll see how much water comes out of the zucchini and is absorbed by the paper towel! Do not add any salt to the recipe afterward.

Alternately, you can saute the zucchini in a skillet with a little olive oil before tossing it with the other ingredients.

How to keep the baked zucchini and cheese leftovers

This cheesy zucchini bake keeps well in the fridge for 2 days in an airtight container. Reheat in the oven or microwave. We do not recommend freezing because zucchini will still hold a lot of water, even after it’s cooked, and will release much of that water when it thaws.

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  • Rick

    2024-07-06 21:51:17

    The recipe looks great,but can you be more specific about the size of the zucchinis? I have seen them as big as 18" long and 3 or 4 lbs,

  • Diane

    2024-02-13 09:42:54

    Even though I cooked this on convection for longer than indicated, I still found it to be too watery. The flavors are good, but think I will stick to roasting these veggies vs a casserole.

  • Deb

    2023-09-26 16:05:30

    I make this whenever I have zucchini. Delicious. My favorite vegetable dish.

  • Bob

    2023-08-31 19:29:42

    So I have made this once, the way as directed, and it's delicious. BUT, change up some of the spices (instead of Italian seasoning I used cumin paprika chili powder and cayenne) and add in fresh garlic and you can use any cheese you want but I used pepper jack cheese. I also added jalapeno and it came.out even better. So great as is, but if you like a bit of spice and/or are willing to experiment, go for it lol.

  • Jb

    2023-08-13 14:52:38

    Absolutely delicious! Halved this recipe since it’s just me, but wish I had made the full recipe. Only thing I changed was I added a diced jalapeño with the green pepper and sprinkled in some Parmesan cheese at the end. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Nicole

    2023-08-06 11:16:53

    Delicious and easy!

    Baked Zucchini and Cheese
  • Sibylle

    2023-06-15 06:34:57

    This was delicious and easy to make.

  • Hope

    2023-01-29 16:40:15

    I really enjoyed this dish made as is, taste great! Definitely a keeper!

  • Rebecca

    2022-10-28 12:32:21

    Made this recipe last night for myself and daughter, absolutely delicious!

  • Perla

    2022-10-26 16:59:12

    Made this with one zucchini, 1/4 sweet onion, fresh garlic, had no green pepper, cut up one (raw) chicken breast, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup grated mozzarella, 1/2 can of fire roasted tomatoes, salt, black pepper, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes , Italian seasoning, some olive oil drizzled over everything. Mix well. Baked uncovered in cuisinart counter oven at 400º for 20 minutes, toss contents, sprinkle the rest of mozzarella on top, cover and return to oven for additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Definitely making again!! Delicious!

  • Merri

    2022-09-04 10:22:48

    Large, old zucchini are not worth eating. Use several young, tender zucchini--no longer than 8 inches--for a tastier result. Also, add 1/4 c parmesan to the mix and put the chili flakes in with the mix. Or replace chile flakes with Aleppo pepper.

  • Caron

    2022-08-27 21:15:50

    I made this, I added panko to make a nice topping. It is one I will make over and over.

  • Kathie

    2022-08-15 22:37:29

    I made this tonight for my family. It was perfect. You choose the perfect spices in this recipe. My only addition was onion powder, but this recipe is amazing either way. Thank you, Christina. I have loved every recipe by you so far.

  • Rebecca

    2022-08-05 17:15:51

    Just made this recipe and it as delicious!!!😋😋😋

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