Zucchini Pizza Casserole

I don’t have a garden.  If I did, I wouldn’t know what to do with it.  But I like the idea of a garden, and having a plethora of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs in my back yard (and fewer trips to the grocery store). 
Recently, some of the families in my neighborhood put together a Crop Drop–a place to drop any excess crops from your garden.  Anything that is dropped is up for grabs.  

I grabbed myself two giant zucchinis.  And then I made this Zucchini Pizza Casserole. 

You start by making a cheesy zucchini crust.  

 
 Topped with a beefy tomato sauce layer.
Topped off with more cheese and some bell peppers, cooked until it’s hot and melty.  
 
At first, I wasn’t sure why it was called a pizza casserole.  It really tastes nothing like pizza.  But it has a crust, tomato sauce, and is loaded with cheese.  Everything a traditional pizza entails. And the entire pan disappeared as fast a box of pizza does around here! 

If you’ve got an abundance of zucchini from your garden this year, give this one a try!

Zucchini Pizza Casserole
Ingredients
4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2 eggs 
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided 
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided 
1 pound ground beef 
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce 
1 medium green pepper, chopped
Instructions
Place zucchini in strainer; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out moisture.
Combine zucchini with the eggs, Parmesan and half of the mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture.
Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add green pepper. Bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through.

source: Taste of Home 
Yield: 6-8 servings.

Comments

  1. This looks awesome!

  2. My sister has a garden that grows huge zucchini and we never know what to do with all the extra. I’ll have to share this recipe with her.

  3. This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try this soon!

  4. I made this for dinner tonight! It was delicious and very easy to make. Thank you for a fabulous recipe!

  5. I never would have ideas like this on my own to use up zucchini. Sounds great!

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