Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole

Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole

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Tina Schmittgens

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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)

How to Make Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole

Step-by-Step

  1. Brown 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.
  2. Add onion & garlic, and saute until tender. Add other ingredients except oil and zuchini. Simmer until thick about an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, 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.
  4. Arrange 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.
  5. Cover 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.
  6. Bake 45 minutes.
  7. Skim off any fat and let casserole stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.

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About Zuchini Meat Cheese Casserole

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



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