This quick-cooking casserole has a rich beef-and-rice filling, a colorful layer of zucchini, and a crisp breadcrumb topping. (Save even more time by using the sauce from Gnocchi with Quick Meat Sauce.)

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon oil. In a large cast-iron skillet, bring meat sauce to a rapid simmer over high. Stir in rice and remove from heat. Top with onion, then carefully arrange zucchini in a single, slightly overlapping layer. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil, and top with breadcrumb mixture. Return to heat and bring to a simmer. Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake until rice is cooked through and breadcrumbs are golden, about 10 minutes more. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Reviews (8)

38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2019
Really glad I read the reviews first. I used precooked rice as using uncooked would have NEVER cooked in 20 mins?? Also because it only cooks for 20 mins the onions and most of the zucchini were still raw. This recipe needs serious tweaks.
Rating: 1 stars
03/20/2019
I put the rice in at 6pm and at 715 it's still not cooked. My oven has been on now for and hour and 15 waiting for me to put something in. This is an epic fail!
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2012
This is so delicious! The skillet was scraped clean in less than 30 minutes. My husband and son loved it. The zucchini was so good! Thank you for a great and easy recipe.
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Rating: Unrated
10/17/2012
oh, I also used my Calphalon pan in the oven instead of a cast iron skillet, b/c mine didn't look big enough, and it worked fine. Just check what temp. your skillet is oven safe to.
Rating: Unrated
10/17/2012
This was delicious! I have been wanting to make this recipe since it came out in the magazine. I made a few changes that I recommend: I added 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning to the sauce and rice mixture, which gave it a little more flavor and a little zip. Next time I might add even more Italian seasoning, maybe 1 tsp. I also doubled the bread crumb mixture and added 1 heaping tsp. Italian seasoning to it. I made the sauce ahead, for the gnocchi, and froze it.
Rating: Unrated
10/17/2012
This was delicious! I have been wanting to make this recipe since it came out in the magazine. I made a few changes that I reccomend: I added 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning to the sauce and rice mixture, which gave it a little more flavor and a little zip. Next time I might add even more Italian seasoning, maybe 1 tsp. I also doubled the bread crumb mixture and added 1 heaping tsp. Italian seasoning to it. I made the sauce ahead, for the gnocchi, and froze it.
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Rating: Unrated
09/24/2012
Oh my goodness, so good! My fiance and I loved this, and when he took it for leftovers at work the next day his colleagues were drooling and demanded the recipe. Definitely will make again.
Rating: Unrated
09/23/2012
This was delicious. I do not own a cast-iron skillet, so I did this instead: I heated up my sauce in a pan, and added the rice. Then, I put the mixture into a 13 x 9 glass dish. I added the rest of the ingredients, and I baked as directed, however, I increased the "covered" portion from 10 to 15 minutes to make up for the fact that I didn't simmer everything together first. It turned out delicious! The original recipe of meat sauce with the gnocci was also fantastic.