This lovely casserole is a tasty side dish for almost any entree and any occasion. It’s relatively simple to put together and a wonderful way to use up lots of zucchini and tomatoes from your garden. It’s covered with several delicious Italian-type seasonings, both cheddar and parmesan cheese and topped with grilled onions and bread crumbs. It has wonderful flavor as well as texture.
I was looking for a way to use up a lot of excess zucchini and tomatoes in my fridge before they went bad and came across this recipe on Pinterest. I made a few minor changes but pretty much left the basic recipe intact. While the author claimed this is the BEST Zucchini Casserole recipe–especially for weight loss, I will let you make that determination on your own! :-) I changed the name to better reflect what the contents of this casserole truly are.
I make one recommendation that deviates from the original recipe. Keep the casserole covered the entire time it’s baking except the last five minutes. Because I put parmesan cheese on top if you uncover the casserole for the last half hour of cooking time, the cheese will dry out rather than melt nicely. It will help all the veggies cook through completely, if you keep it covered, as well. This is one of those recipes where you can use about as much zucchini and tomatoes as you need to feed your family and still use the basic amounts of cheeses, seasonings and toppings.
If you’re looking for a delectable side dish to go with chicken, beef, fish, pork, game, or Italian entrees than consider making this easy Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan Casserole. It’s also a nice side dish for the holiday season because it’s not so laden with calories like so many traditional holiday casseroles. If you like zucchini and tomatoes this casserole will do you just fine!
Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan Casserole is a delicious casserole your whole family will enjoy.
This is a great way to use up garden produce.
Here’s an interior look at the casserole.
The top is sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
All the cheeses and seasonings make this a mouthwatering side dish.
Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan Casserole is a great side dish for holidays or any time you’re having company.
Here’s what I did.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese into a mixing bowl.
Add parmesan cheese.
Add salt, pepper, basil, and oregano.
Add minced garlic from a jar.
Stir ingredients to combine and set aside.
Spray a 9×11″ baking dish with cooking spray. Wash and slice zucchini, then cut in quarters. Toss half of the zucchini into the prepared casserole dish.
Toss with one-fourth of the cheese mixture.
Add half of the tomatoes and place on top of the cheese mixture and zucchini.
Sprinkle tomatoes with one-fourth of the cheese mixture.
Sprinkle remaining zucchini quarters on top of the cheese.
Sprinkle with another fourth of the cheese.
Place remaining tomato slices on top of the cheese mixture.
Sprinkle tomatoes with the final fourth of cheese.
Meanwhile, in a cast-iron skillet, melt butter over low to medium heat.
Add sliced green onions and saute.
Stir in bread crumbs. I used Homemade Bread Crumbs without high fructose corn syrup, sugar, preservatives or MSG.
Toss bread crumbs with butter and onions to coat well.
Sprinkle onion-bread crumb mixture over top of the tomatoes.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes or until bubbly and veggies are fork tender. Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer.
Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan Casserole is also a great dish to prepare for Meatless Mondays!
If you love tomatoes and zucchini, you will LOVE this casserole!
This is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies!
Here’s the recipe.
ZUCCHINI AND TOMATO PARMESAN CASSEROLE
(Recipe adapted from Women 2 Share)
3 medium zucchinis, washed, sliced, and quartered
8 large Roma tomatoes, sliced
3 green onions, diced
¼ cup butter, plus enough to grease the casserole dish
1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
1 heaping tbsp. minced garlic from a jar
¾ tsp. basil
¾ tsp. oregano
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ cup Italian-style bread crumbs, Panko, or homemade bread crumbs
Coat a 9×11-inch glass baking dish with butter or spray with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, measure the cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir really well to combine seasonings with cheeses. Set aside. Slice two medium zucchinis, quarter them and then place half of the zucchini pieces in the prepared 9×11-inch baking dish. Sprinkle ¼ of the cheese mixture on top of the zucchini. Thinly slice eight Roma tomatoes and layer half of the tomatoes over top of the zucchini. Sprinkle another ¼ of cheese mixture over top of the tomatoes. Repeat layering the remaining zucchini, sprinkle with another ¼ of the cheese mixture, then layer the remaining tomato slices, and the last of the cheese mixture over top. Meanwhile, in a small cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and sauté until almost transparent—just a few minutes. Mix in three quarters of a cup of homemade, Panko or Italian-style bread crumbs and sauté until all the butter is immersed—a minute or two. Sprinkle the onion-bread crumb mixture over the zucchini and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Lightly cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for five minutes more to brown casserole slightly. About 6 servings.
NOTE: If you are adding a top layer of Parmesan cheese on top of the bread crumb layer, keep the casserole covered almost the whole length of cooking time so the Parmesan cheese doesn’t dry out while baking.
Doesn’t Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan casserole look marvelous?
The sumptuous flavors of the cheeses really made this casserole stand out.
This easy-to-prepare casserole will easily serve 8-10 people as a side dish–and much more if you’re serving this for the holidays because everyone usually takes just a small scoop so they can taste everything.
I’m ready for a scoop of Zucchini and Tomato Parmesan Casserole right now!
Come join us for dinner!