Italian Baked Zucchini
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
Clean and wash your zucchini
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
Cut your zucchini lengthwise into ½ inch strips
drizzle the zucchini with olive oil
Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper
Once your grill or pan is ready, add your zucchini and cook for about 3 minutes per side.
Remove your zucchini from the pan and set aside
Gently heat your marinara sauce on low heat
Pre-heat your broiler on high heat
Grab a large oven safe baking dish
Scoop ½ cup of your marinara sauce into the baking dish and spread it out evenly
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.
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
Now cut your mozzarella into thin strips and place over the zucchini. Don't worry too much about neatness here since it all melts
Next, sprinkle your freshly grated parmesan evenly over top of this
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).
Remove from the oven and serve with a side of pasta and the remaining marinara sauce