Since our summer months are usually inundated with zucchini, I try to prepare it in a wide variety of ways. Most of my family agreed that this recipe is a keeper. Once the crust in established, the rest of the dish is very flexible, so it’s a great option when trying to use what you already have on-hand.
4 c. grated zucchini
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. grated Parmesan
2 c. grated mozzarella or provolone
1 c. grated cheddar
1 lb. ground beef or pork sausage or chorizo, or whatever
1 onion, chopped
2 c. marinara sauce of your choice
1 c. bell pepper, chopped (or mushrooms, black olives, more zucchini, tomatoes, etc.)
Preheat oven to 400.
Put grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture.
Combine zucchini with eggs, Parmesan and half of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into greased 3-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
In large saucepan, cook ground meat and onion over medium heat until done. Add marinara sauce.
Spoon sauce/meat mixture over baked zucchini crust. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with veggies of your choice. Bake another 20 or so minutes, or until heated through.
NOTE: This casserole freezes really well.