Italian Baked Zucchini
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Italian Baked Zucchini

A delicious cheesy baked zucchini dish
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Assembling the dish5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people


  • 5 small zucchini or 3 large ones
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella Try to use fresh if you can but shredded will work too
  • 24 ounces of good quality marinara sauce homemade or jarred sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan


  • Clean and wash your zucchini
  • pre-heat a grill pan or a grill to medium heat. If you do not have either than pre-heat a large heavy bottom skillet
  • Cut your zucchini lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips
  • drizzle the zucchini with olive oil
  • Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper
  • Once your grill or pan is ready, add your zucchini and cook for about 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove your zucchini from the pan and set aside
  • Gently heat your marinara sauce on low heat
  • Pre-heat your broiler on high heat
  • Grab a large oven safe baking dish
  • Scoop 1/2 cup of your marinara sauce into the baking dish and spread it out evenly
  • Next, Add your zucchini slices into the dish side by side but not overlapping. You may need 2 baking dishes if your zucchini are larger.
  • Now take a tablespoon of your marinara and place on each slice of zucchini and spread it out. Keep doing this until all the zucchini has sauce
  • Now cut your mozzarella into thin strips and place over the zucchini. Don't worry too much about neatness here since it all melts
  • Next, sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over top of this
  • Once your zucchini are all dressed with sauce and cheese, place the zucchini under the broiler until the cheese melts and is bubbly and just turning brown (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and serve with a side of pasta and the remaining marinara sauce