Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

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Packed full of fresh zucchini and cheddar cheese, this easy and creamy Zucchini Casserole is a delicious, low-carb dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Lifting up a slice of zucchini casserole from a baking dish.


 

Brace yourselves for a feast of flavors with our savory Zucchini Casserole! It’s a delicious ensemble of fresh zucchini and cheddar cheese, culminating into a creamy and hearty dinner you can prepare in just half an hour.

This oven-baked Zucchini Casserole makes a truly tasty vegetarian entrée or a side dish bursting with flavor, texture, and nutrients. It’s a win-win for all! I mean, who would’ve thought that something made with this bland green veggie could taste better than Zucchini Brownies or my Apple and Zucchini Bread? I ❤️ them both.

But, you know, filling up a baking dish with layer upon layer of zucchini, rich cream, and cheese is a trophy-deserved dinner recipe. And this stunner is sure to wow all the crowds! 

Baked Zucchini Casserole in a baking dish.

Zucchini Casserole

You can prepare this fantastic casserole with simple pantry ingredients and make a perfect one-pot weeknight dinner. It’s an easy-to-share dish that will surprise even those who usually turn up their noses at zucchini. It’s cheesy and creamy, and a single bite of this meal might just convert them!

Sliced zucchini in a white baking dish.

How To Make Zucchini Casserole

  1. Slice 2 to 4 zucchinis to get 6 cups of half-moon pieces. Place them in a greased 9-inch baking dish, sprinkle with salt, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl or a large measuring cup, combine cream, eggs, garlic, parmesan, basil, nutmeg, and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the zucchini and pour the cream mixture over it.
  4. Add pats of butter over the zucchini and bake for 25 minutes. Add more cheese and bake for another 7 to 10 minutes until it’s brown and bubbly.
  5. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.
Layers of fresh zucchini slices, cheese, and cream in a baking dish.

COOK’S NOTES

  • If you prefer a softer zucchini, and the top of the casserole is already browned, lightly cover the baking dish with foil to prevent further browning.
  • To achieve a perfect, intact square, you will need to let the casserole cool for about 20 minutes.

Tips and Variations

  • Choosing Zucchini: Look for medium-sized zucchini that are firm.
  • Zucchini has a high water content. To avoid a watery casserole, salt the zucchini slices and let them sit for 15 minutes, then pat dry to remove excess moisture before adding them to the casserole.
  • Seasoning: Zucchini is a mild vegetable and can handle plenty of flavors. Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic, basil, or nutmeg to suit your personal taste.
  • Cheese Choices: While cheddar is classic, other cheeses like mozzarella, provolone, or a mix of different cheeses can bring a new twist to your casserole.
  • Baking: When baking the casserole, ensure it’s cooked until the top is golden and the zucchini is tender.
  • Resting Time: Don’t forget to let your casserole rest after baking. This allows the juices to be reabsorbed and makes it easier to serve.
  • Variations: The recipe is flexible. Feel free to add more veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes, or mushrooms, or add a protein like cooked chicken or ground turkey for a heartier meal. You can also swap the zucchini for yellow squash.
Baked cheesy zucchini casserole cut in squares.

    Serving Suggestions

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    Storing Leftovers

    • Keep any leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days. It makes a delicious and quick lunch for work!
    • While it’s possible to freeze the casserole, I would not recommend it. Zucchini tends to release a lot of water, which can alter the taste and texture of the dish.

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    Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

    Packed full of fresh zucchini and cheddar cheese, this easy and creamy Zucchini Casserole is a delicious low-carb dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Resting Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes
    Servings: 6 servings

    Ingredients 

    • 2 to 4 zucchini,, sliced into half moons about 1/4-inch thick (you will need 6 cups total)
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • cup heavy cream
    • 3 whole eggs
    • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 3 to 4 cloves garlic,, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper,, or to taste
    • teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • cups shredded cheddar cheese,, divided
    • 2 tablespoons butter,, sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
    • chopped fresh parsley,, for garnish
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    Instructions 

    • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
    • Grease a 9-inch baking dish with butter.
    • Add the sliced zucchini to the baking dish and sprinkle with salt; mix and set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, eggs, parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, pepper, and nutmeg.
    • Layer 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the zucchini.
    • Pour the prepared cream sauce over the zucchini and scatter pieces of butter over the zucchini.
    • Bake for 25 minutes.
    • Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    • Bake for 7 to 10 more minutes, or until bubbly, browned, and zucchini is tender.
    • Remove from oven and let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Garnish with parsley; cut and serve.

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    Notes

    • If you like a softer zucchini, but the casserole is already browned on top, loosely place foil over the baking dish to keep it from browning further. 
    • Pick small to medium firm, shiny zucchini for the best taste and texture.
    • Avoid a watery casserole by salting the zucchini slices and patting them dry before use.
    • Don’t hold back on seasoning; zucchini can handle it.
    • While cheddar is common, try mozzarella or provolone for a change.
    • Bake until the casserole is golden and the zucchini is soft.
    • Let the casserole rest after baking for easier serving.
    • For variety, add different veggies or pre-cooked chicken to the mix.
    • Keep any leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 1mg

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    59 Comments

    1. Michelle Smith says:

      Delicious way to use serve zucchini! I definitely recommend salting the zucchini beforehand, and letting it sit for 15 minutes, to remove excess water. Everyone in my family loved this dish even those not watching their carbohydrate intake.

    2. Barb says:

      Made this last night and it was delicious!!
      I will definitely be making this as much as possible!!

    3. Virginia says:

      Can’t make this much zucchini without an onion. It was different because the taste was subtle with parmesan overtones, but very good. I didn’t add all of the garlic, added a couple of dashes of hot chili flakes. Will definitely make again and share with friends. I would personally add 5-10 mins of cooking time to first timer for a soft consistency of the zucchini.

    4. Eliza says:

      Looks good. Just wondering how many servings this makes in a 9×9? I don’t see it listed but I might be overlooking it. Thank you.

    5. Karen Hintz says:

      Very good recipe packed with flavor. I used a mix of zucchini and yellow squash (because it’s hard to tell one from the other, right?). I did put it under the broiler at the end to improve the color. The dish reminds me of a quiche, and that’s not a bad thing. Next time I might give the zucchini a quick saute at the start…. All in all, a solid recipe.

    6. Marsha says:

      I make this at least twice a month. Who knew what a difference nutmeg could make! Last time I made it I added some fresh mushrooms and substituted shredded mozzarella for the cheddar. Yum! Super quick and always tasty.

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

    7. Mark Michalak says:

      This was sooooo much better than i expected!! I added fresh chili pepper & crushed red pepper to spice it up. Plus a little (1/2c) pasta sauce its like a spicy baked ziti!!

    8. Melissa A Burden says:

      Just made this. AWESOME! Always looking for Keto side dishes and will be making this again and again!

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

        1. robinakagoatmom says:

          I was looking for a zucchini casserole that didn’t call for boiling the zucchini first. So the recipe looked awesome. I tweaked it a little bit as I was using a side dish in a german-inspired meal. I used Swiss and gruyere cheese in place of the cheddar. Otherwise I went according to directions which were flawless. Super tasty, looked beautiful and my husband who is becoming a little zucchini numb at this point in the growing season said wow this is a keeper. Thanks for sharing this tasty dish.

          1. Katerina Petrovska says:

            I am very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

    9. hudsonmurry@hotmail.com says:

      This dish is so delish! No kidding- super good! Comfort food on a low carb budget! My 3 yr old grandson even asked for seconds- you can’t go wrong with this one. Go with your gut on the seasoning, I added extra garlic because we love the benefits and taste. I didn’t have nutmeg so didn’t add any of that. Used pink salt and generous on the cheese. So good- this is a keeper! Yum!!

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        That’s great to hear! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂