Italian Baked Zucchini

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 small zucchini or 3 large ones

  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella Try to use fresh if you can but shredded will work too

  • 24 ounces of good quality marinara sauce homemade or jarred sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp salt and pepper

  • ¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Clean and wash your zucchini

  2. pre-heat a grill pan or a grill to medium heat. If you do not have either than pre-heat a large heavy bottom skillet

  3. Cut your zucchini lengthwise into ½ inch strips

  4. drizzle the zucchini with olive oil

  5. Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper

  6. Once your grill or pan is ready, add your zucchini and cook for about 3 minutes per side.

  7. Remove your zucchini from the pan and set aside

  8. Gently heat your marinara sauce on low heat

  9. Pre-heat your broiler on high heat

  10. Grab a large oven safe baking dish

  11. Scoop ½ cup of your marinara sauce into the baking dish and spread it out evenly

  12. Next, Add your zucchini slices into the dish side by side but not overlapping. You may need 2 baking dishes if your zucchini are larger.

  13. Now take a tablespoon of your marinara and place on each slice of zucchini and spread it out. Keep doing this until all the zucchini has sauce

  14. Now cut your mozzarella into thin strips and place over the zucchini. Don't worry too much about neatness here since it all melts

  15. Next, sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over top of this

  16. Once your zucchini are all dressed with sauce and cheese, place the zucchini under the broiler until the cheese melts and is bubbly and just turning brown (about 3-4 minutes).

  17. Remove from the oven and serve with a side of pasta and the remaining marinara sauce



CREDIT TO: Italian Baked Zucchini • Keeping It Simple Blog



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