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Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole

This cheesy zucchini bacon casserole packs so much flavor. It is one of those recipes where you go back for seconds. Turn this versatile veggie into a delicious meal.

This is a great way to use your zucchini straight from the garden. If you have the tomato, onion, and fresh herbs, this is a delicious recipe to use those home-grown goodies in. It is perfect as a side dish or meal.  

Wondering What to do with the Over Abundance of Zucchini?

There is a special time of year when the gardens are producing zucchini faster than it can be used. So, if you are like me, you will want recipes like this in your back pocket to use all those delicious vegetables.

Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole
Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole

If you have an abundance of summer zucchini, try this casserole for dinner tonight. Even if you have those overgrown ones that your neighbor brought over. No worries, just make sure to cut off the tough rind and seeds. What is left is a nice bit of zucchini that can be cut into cubes for this recipe.

Great way to use those overgrown zucchini.
Great way to use those overgrown zucchini.

Healthy Zucchini Bake

While this can be served as a side dish, we love this as a meal. Pair it with a piece of crusty garlic bread and a salad. It is cheesy, has smoky meaty flavor from the bacon, the tomato, basil, and oregano make this taste like a pizza. We just love this time of year.

cheesy casserole taste like pizza
cheesy casserole taste like pizza

Ingredients Used in This Bake

This recipe is straightforward with zucchini being the main star of this recipe.

  • Zucchini. Peeled and diced especially if overgrown
  • Onion. I have made this using all sorts of onions; whatever is on hand is what I use, and it works well in this recipe.
  • Bacon. Partially cooked and cut-up into small pieces. It will finish cooking and adding lots of flavors when baking the casserole.
  • Tomatoes. Can be fresh and diced or a can of diced tomatoes works well too.
  • Herbs. Dried Basil, Oregano, and Parsley. If you have fresh herbs, that works well for this recipe too. If using fresh herbs double the amount you add to this recipe. The dried herbs are more potent than the fresh herbs.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Mozzarella Cheese. Any other good melting cheese works well too.
Zucchini Casserole Ready to Go in the Oven
Zucchini Casserole Ready to Go in the Oven

Does zucchini casserole freeze well?

Zucchini casserole tastes best when eaten fresh from the oven.

This zucchini casserole can be baked and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after baking; however, we would not recommend freezing it. Once frozen and thawed, the zucchini seems to break down even more and the casserole can become a bit watery and soggy. Therefore, make enough to be eaten within 5 days.

Healthy Side Dish or Meal
Healthy Side Dish or Meal

Reheating Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole

There are two ways I reheat this delicious bake. One, just pop it in a microwave safe container and microwave a few minutes until it is piping hot, and the cheese is all melty.

The second way is to place it back in the oven to be baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit; until the casserole is bubbling and well heated through.

Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole
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Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole

This cheesy zucchini bacon casserole packs so much flavor. It is one of those recipes where you go back for seconds. Turn this versatile veggie into a delicious meal. This is a great way to use your zucchini straight from the garden. If you have the tomato, onion, and fresh herbs, this is a delicious recipe to use those home-grown goodies in. It is perfect as a side dish or meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: brunch casserole, easter recipe, easy side dish, healthy recipe, thanksgiving recipe
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 390kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Zucchini Peeled and diced
  • 1 Small Onion Diced
  • 12 Slices Bacon Partially cooked and cut-up into small pieces
  • 14.5 Oz. Tomatoes I use a can of diced tomatoes or dice fresh tomatoes.
  • 1 Tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 Tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp. Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp. Pepper or to taste
  • 3 Cups Mozzarella Cheese or some other cheese that melts well that you enjoy saving 1 cup for the top of the casserole

Instructions

  • Dice the bacon and fry in a frying pan until half cooked. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add all the ingredients, including the cooked bacon pieces, (reserving 1 cup of the shredded cheese for the topping), to a large bowl and gently mix the ingredients together.
  • Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with oil. Add the mixture to the baking dish. Top with the reserved shredded cheese. Bake for 1 hour.

Notes

Does zucchini casserole freeze well?

Zucchini casserole tastes best when eaten fresh from the oven.
This zucchini casserole can be baked and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after baking; however, we would not recommend freezing it. Once frozen and thawed, the zucchini seems to break down even more and the casserole can become a bit watery and soggy. Therefore, make enough to be eaten within 5 days.

Reheating Cheesy Zucchini Bacon Casserole

There are two ways I reheat this delicious bake. One, just pop it in a microwave safe container and microwave a few minutes until it is piping hot, and the cheese is all melty.
The second way is to place it back in the oven to be baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit; until the casserole is bubbling and well heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1169IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 2mg

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