Zucchini Casserole with Garden Tomato Sauce

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Preparation Time 20 minutes Total Time 60 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.94
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1Large Zucchini, cut into thin rounds (or 4 Small Zucchini, cut into thin slices lengthwise)
1 cupBreadcrumbs
1/4 cupParmesan Cheese, grated
8 leavesFresh Basil
2 cupsFresh or Canned Tomatoes, roughly diced
1/2Medium Onion, roughly chopped
1 cloveGarlic
1 tspChili Flakes (optional)
1 tbsp + 1 tspOlive Oil
1/2 tspSea Salt
To TasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes just until soft and slightly browned. Add tomatoes, basil and ½ tsp of salt, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the zucchini rounds and wait about 5 minutes for some of the water to be drawn out. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs with parmesan cheese and a pinch of fresh black pepper. Dip each slice of zucchini in the egg wash and then into the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.
  5. Place each breaded zucchini round onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle the zucchini rounds with 1 tsp of olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through.
  6. Line the bottom of a medium baking dish with a few tablespoons of sauce. Evenly cover the bottom of the dish with zucchini slices.  Top with enough sauce to spread over all the zucchini and sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of cheese. Repeat with more zucchini and keep layering until you’ve used all the zucchini slices. Top with cheese and place in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese melts.


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