Are you overwhelmed with an abundance of zucchini from your garden? Don’t worry, I’ve got a mouthwatering recipe that will make use of those green gems. This time, we’re taking zucchini to a whole new level by combining it with savory ground beef to create a delectable casserole. Not only is it a perfect dish for busy weeknights, but it also brings together the best of traditional flavors with a healthy twist. Say goodbye to simple carbs and embrace the goodness of veggies and beef in one cheesy delight!
The Perfect Blend of Ingredients
When crafting this recipe, my main priorities were keeping it low-carb and minimizing the use of processed ingredients. I wanted a simple yet satisfying dish. Luckily, I managed to achieve all these goals without sacrificing taste. The star ingredients here are ground beef and zucchini. To create a flavorful sauce, we’ll use a combination of diced tomatoes and tomato paste. For an Italian touch, I’ll add onions, garlic, and a sprinkle of Italian seasonings. And, of course, we can’t forget the generous amount of cheese that takes this casserole to the next level!
Let’s dive into the cooking process. Begin by browning the onions and ground beef in a pan. While they’re sizzling away, let’s slice up the zucchini. You can use a food processor for a quick and easy job, or slice them by hand if you prefer. Just make sure they’re evenly thin to ensure even cooking.
Once the meat is perfectly browned, it’s time to add the garlic, seasonings, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Mix everything well to create a luscious sauce and incorporate the flavors with the meat. Let this mixture simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Next, add the zucchini slices and Parmesan cheese to the pan. Give it a good stir and transfer everything to a casserole dish. To make this dish extra cheesy, top it off with a generous amount of shredded cheese. Cover the dish and let it bake in the oven for 30 minutes. After that, uncover it and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes. Once cooked, allow the casserole to rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
As the zucchini releases its natural moisture while cooking, this casserole may end up with a slightly soupy texture. Nevertheless, it makes for a fantastic bowl meal that is both comforting and flavorful. You can enjoy it on its own to keep your carb intake in check. However, if you’re in the mood for a heartier meal, pair it with some rice, noodles, or even zoodles to complete your dining experience.
To reduce the liquid content in the casserole, you can bake it uncovered for the entire duration, which will help promote evaporation. Remember to use a larger and deeper casserole dish to prevent any sauce from bubbling over and making a mess in your oven. If you desire an irresistible golden touch, finish it off with a few minutes under the broiler to achieve that perfectly browned cheese topping.
With its simplicity and irresistible flavors, this easy zucchini casserole deserves a spot in your regular meal rotation. It’s a satisfying dish that’s not only packed with nutrients but is also a delightful way to make use of your bountiful zucchini harvest. So, grab those fresh zucchinis and ground beef, and let’s create a casserole that will leave your taste buds begging for more!
PS: If you enjoyed this zucchini and ground beef casserole, you might want to try out these other delicious recipes:
- Chicken with sun-dried tomato pesto sauce
- Zucchini and corn fritters
- Zucchini and yellow squash in the microwave
- Mississippi Chicken
- Jalapeno Popper Hasselback Chicken
- Butternut Squash Spaghetti Bake
- Keto Taco Casserole
- Air Fryer Broccoli
Also, don’t forget to check out the web story I created for this fun and delicious casserole!