Eat Well for Pennies: Zucchini Parmesan

By , August 12, 2009

delicious and frugal zucchini parmesan

I know, another zucchini recipe. And I’ll just tell you now…it won’t be the last. (Soon, I’ll be trying some Zucchini Peanut Butter cookies. I’ll let you know how that goes!)

As part of today’s Pennywise Platter Thursday carnival over at The Nourishing Gourmet, I’m sharing my delicious recipe for Zucchini Parmesan. If you find yourself with another bowling-pin zucchini to use, this is the perfect dish to make; it’s frugal, delicious, easy, hearty-yet-light, and will feed 6-8 people (or it’ll provide you with a weeks’ worth of easy lunches, as it is for me this week! πŸ™‚ ) This is my own recipe, resulting many years ago from a combination of desperation and an 8-pound zucchini:

Lindsey’s Zucchini Parmesan

6 – 8 servings

1 1/2 cups chopped onions

1/4 cup olive oil

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

28 oz canned tomatoes WITH juice (or from a jar, or from your garden)

1 Tbsp dried basil, or a generous amount of fresh basil (amount is very approximate — add as much as you like)

salt & pepper to taste

One 3-4 lb zucchini, cut into 1/3″ slices (skin on)

3 cups shredded mozarella cheese

1/2 – 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion & garlic, cooking till onion is transparent. Add tomatoes, basil, salt & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange half of the zucchini slices over the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan. Over that, pour half of the tomato sauce, half of the mozarella, and half of the parmesan. Arrange the rest of the zucchini over that, pour on the rest of the tomato sauce, and top with the rest of the cheeses. Bake about 30 minutes. The zucchini should be al dente and easily pierced with a fork (soft but with a little resistance — not mushy). Usually after 30 minutes, I need to place foil over the top of the pan and bake mine for another 15 minutes. However, I’m at a fairly high altitude, so you may not have to do that.

For the sauce, I used fresh basil this time.

For the sauce, I used fresh basil this time.

Layer half the zucchini slices in the pan.

Layer half the zucchini slices in the pan.

Here's the second layer being built.

Here's the second layer being built.

Ready to serve! Delicious!

Ready to serve! Delicious!

6 Responses to “Eat Well for Pennies: Zucchini Parmesan”

  1. That looks sooooooo good. Thanks for sharing!

  2. […] @ The Herbangardener Lindsey’s Zucchini Parmesan Today I share my own recipe for Zucchini Parmasan. It’s frugal (if you have a huge zucchini to […]

  3. Emily says:

    This does look awesome, especially for those of us trying to be mainly gluten and grain free! It will be a nice alternative to lasagna. As soon as we can have cheese again, I will be trying this one!

  4. Shannon says:

    I have a few monster zucchini from my garden. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. Kate says:

    Hi Lindsey, I want you to know I made this recipe and shared it with our spiritual group potluck. It was a big hit and people fought over trading their leftovers with me. Love, Kate

  6. Lindsey says:

    I’m so glad everyone loved it!! It is pretty tasty!!

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