Actually Delicious Zucchini and Ground Beef Casserole

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Actually Delicious Zucchini and Ground Beef Casserole

Introducing a recipe that skillfully combines the goodness of zucchini and nutritious lean ground beef in an actually delicious casserole. This easy-to-follow zucchini ground beef casserole recipe not only presents a fantastic way to incorporate lots of zucchini into your meals but also stands out as a great recipe for the whole family.

This best zucchini casserole features a delicious meat sauce enriched with marinara, nutritious veggies, shredded cheese, and golden brown bread crumbs topping that adds a delightful crunch to this delicious dish and provides a visually appealing touch to your dinner table.

Don't miss out on this easy recipe that delivers incredible flavor and the best results every time. Try it once, and it could easily become your favorite zucchini casserole recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini (cut into cubes, I had long ones)
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion (medium, chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce (or any of your favorite tomato sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (Panko)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (melted; or melted butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • salt
  • parsley (fresh, finely chopped, for serving)
Yield:
servings
Prep time:
30 minutes
Cook time:
40 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings | Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Notes

Store the leftover ground beef zucchini casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. In a bowl, combine ground beef with baking soda, season with salt, and stir well. Set aside for 20 minutes to allow the beef to tenderize.
A bowl with ground beef mixed with salt and baking soda to tenderize.
3. Cut fresh zucchini into small cubes, season with salt, and stir. Place in a colander to drain at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Colander filled with fresh zucchini cubes.
4. Prepare the meat sauce. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add ground beef and crumble it (no need to add oil, as ground beef contains its own fat). Add chopped onion and minced garlic.
Raw ground beef in a skillet with chopped onions and minced garlic.
Cook ground beef until browned, then add thyme and half of the marinara sauce, stir. Cook for another couple of minutes.
Browned ground beef in a skillet, mixed with marinara sauce and thyme.
5. Pat dry the drained zucchini cubes with paper towels to prevent excess moisture in the casserole. In a bowl, combine zucchini cubes, oregano, and the remaining marinara sauce.
A bowl of fresh zucchini cubes mixed with marinara and seasoned with oregano.
6. In another bowl, mix Panko breadcrumbs with melted ghee.
Panko breadcrumbs in a bowl mixed with melted ghee.
7. Arrange the casserole in a baking dish (I use Pyrex Glass 9x13-inch casserole dish). Layer the ground meat mixture, top with the zucchini mixture, then add layers of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Spread the breadcrumbs and ghee mixture over the top.
Step-by-step instructions showing how to arrange all the layers of the ground beef and zucchini casserole.
8. Bake uncovered at 400°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes, until the top is slightly golden brown. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and serve.
Zucchini and ground beef casserole in a baking dish topped with fresh chopped parsley.

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Shop products and ingredients I recommend for this recipe:

Zucchini

Zucchini
Ground Beef

Ground Beef
Onion

Onion
Garlic

Garlic
Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella

Shredded Mozzarella
Grated Parmesan

Grated Parmesan
Panko Bread Crumbs

Panko Bread Crumbs
Ghee

Ghee
Thyme

Thyme
Oregano

Oregano
Baking Soda

Baking Soda
Fresh Parsley

Fresh Parsley

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