11 of Our Favorite Zucchini Casserole Recipes
The fruit—yes, fruit!—is a staple ingredient in these dishes.
Zucchini is a produce staple, especially during the summer months—light, fresh, and full of nutrients, it's no wonder the fruit lends itself to a number of delicious dishes. In fact, this member of the summer squash family features in some of our favorite casserole recipes. Whether it's the star of the show or a cherished supporting player, there's no denying that zucchini is a must-use ingredient in a variety of satisfying, delightful recipes. And once you see how we like to prepare it, you'll want to add each of these dishes to your summer menu.
The fruit serves as the main ingredient in our Zucchini and Yellow Squash Gratin, pictured here. With only 20 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes until it's dinner table-ready, it's one of our simplest—and tastiest—zucchini casserole recipes. Zucchini can also be used as a clever replacement in traditionally carbohydrate-heavy recipes, like in our Zucchini-Ribbon "Lasagna." It uses the summer squash instead of pasta for a better-for-you version of everyone's favorite Italian casserole. Another delicious casserole recipe that's sure to be a favorite is our Very Vegetable Lasagna. It uses a combination of pasta and zucchini, as well as spinach, to create a healthy, nutrient-filled dish.
And if you can't get enough Italian dishes on the table for your family, our Basil and Ricotta Cannelloni is another must-make. It uses zucchini blossoms for added flavor and is baked alongside ricotta and pasta. Another option is our Zucchini, Tomato, and Lamb Lasagna. Rich, juicy lamb pairs perfectly with ripe tomatoes and fresh zucchini for a mouthwatering combination. From Tians to gratins, these zucchini-filled recipes are sure to be a hit at the dinner table.
Tian Provencal with Polenta
One large zucchini, quick-cooking polenta, and one cup of Gruyere cheese are just a few of the delicious ingredients that make up the casserole. We love that this colorful, mouthwatering dish can be assembled a day ahead, saving you the prep time.
Zucchini, Tomato, and Lamb Lasagna
Feeling fancy tonight? Swap out the turkey for some lamb and enjoy this savory, meaty casserole for dinner.
Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole
Thinly sliced zucchini cuts the richness of the rice and beef in this comforting one-pot delight.
Potato, Zucchini, and Tomato Gratin
Potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini are sliced into rounds before being layered in an artful arrangement in this dish. It's a feast for the eyes as much as the stomach.
Artfully layered carrots, zucchini, and potato get roasted in the oven to a light golden color. This casserole stunner is sure to wow everyone.
Pepperoni Pasta Bake
Who doesn't love a big batch of jumbo pasta shells doused in marinara and ricotta cheese? To this dish, we added a secret ingredient—grated zucchini—which gives the meal a fresh, light bite.
Lasagna has a reputation for being heavy, but here's a kitchen secret: Zucchini—when sliced lengthwise into thin strips—makes an awesome substitute for noodles. They add flavor and texture, not to mention more nutrition.
Rice and Spinach Casserole with Basil
While the recipe might not focus on the fruit, it's still loaded with zucchini. Aromatic basil combines with rice, spinach, and zucchini for a delicious meal.
Basil and Ricotta Cannelloni
This casserole-like bake features zucchini blossoms, which are baked alongside ricotta and basil. This dish is so good, it's a surefire way to please everyone at the dinner table.
Very Vegetable Lasagna
Zucchini and spinach are the two powerhouses in this vegetable-filled lasagna casserole.