Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole Recipe

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Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole

Tina Schmittgens

By
@StarBaker

This is an old family recipe that was passed down from my aunt, to my mom, and then me! The unique combination of the zuchini and the Ground beef is what makes this dish superb! The celery salt on the zuchini adds that "special" touch! This is made similar to lasagna without the noodles! My youngest son just loves this dish.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
12
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
1 Hr 15 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1/2 lb
pork sausage
1 lb
ground beef
1 large
onion chopped
1 large
clove garlic; crushed
1 medium
green pepper, chopped
1 28 oz. can(s)
tomatoes
1 8 oz. can(s)
tomato sauce
1/2 lb
mozarella cheese, shredded
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
oregano
1/2 tsp
sage
1/4 tsp
pepper
4 large
zuchini (about 2 pounds)
2 Tbsp
vegetable oil
celery salt to taste
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Step-By-Step

1Brown meat and drain. (I have used 1/2 pound pork, but we prefer ground meat only). If you add only the ground beef, increase to 1 1/2 pounds.
2Add onion & garlic, and saute until tender. Add other ingredients except oil and zuchini. Simmer until thick about an hour.
3Meanwhile, trim ends of zuchini and slice 1/4 inch thick lenghwise. Pour oil into a 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan and brush both sides of the zuchini with oil.
4Arrange zuchini slices overlapping in pan and sprinkle with celery salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven 10 to 15 minutes or until zuchini is crisp tender. Reduce heat to 325 degrees.
5Cover bottom of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with about 1 cup of the meat sauce. Layer 1/2 the zuchini slightly overlapping, then 1/2 the remaining sauce and then 1/2 the mozzarella. Repeat layers.
6Bake 45 minutes.
7Skim off any fat and let casserole stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.
8Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free
Other Tag: Healthy