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Zucchini Parmesan

Baked Zucchini Parmesan

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I’m going back to work today.

Like, real work. The kind where you have to pack a lunch and get dressed in professional clothes and stop playing with your phone and set your alarm in the morning so that you get there in time. <— pout.

Baked Zucchini Parmesan in a white baking dish.

But I won’t even pretend to complain for more than 2 seconds because I love my real job. I consider blogging my hobby job. It can be done in my pajamas at 3pm and lets me be around food all the time. It’s also a lot fun, semi-creative, and a tiny bit entrepreneurial. And teaching is my real job, my meaningful job, my feel-good job.

Stop it right now. You know I love food and blogging and this little POY internet space. I do feel good about sharing recipe ideas for the most yummy yum yum food together.

But it’s not in the same way that I feel good about fostering a community of 25 youngsters with unique social, emotional, and academic needs, and somehow managing to teach them how to read, compute, and actually think all at the same time. And now I’m already tired and I haven’t even started yet.

Which leads us nicely to this.

Baked Zucchini Parmesan on a plate and in a baking dish.

This is what I chose to do with the world’s largest zucchini that was gifted to me by Sally from The Cabin Garden. Ugh, you guys. This thing was a monster/still is a monster, now existing in its varied forms in my refrigerator. I am plagued with ideas for zucchini everything and I love it.

I shredded some for some baking, I chopped some for pastas, I sliced some of it for this dish, and that took care of about one twentieth of it. Look out Brad. This is the zucchini apocalypse.

Baked Zucchini Parmesan in a white baking dish.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with hunks of zucchini sitting in my fridge. Am I right or am I right?

Here’s my vote for what you should spend your next 30 minutes doing: Coating zucchini with seasoned bread crumbs (whole wheat if you’re feeling inspired), baking them, and arranging them over some saucy noodles, and broiling the whole ditty with cheese and herbs. And devouring after your long day of work. You and I both.

And can we ask ourselves why we ever wanted Eggplant Parmesan in the first place when such a veggie as Zucchini Parmesan exists in our end-of-summer produce collections? Honestly, eggplant? We are strange creatures.

Baked Zucchini Parmesan on a white plate.

Let’s talk health. From the Pinch of Yum nutrition perspective, this is gr8.

You can check out the basic stats below, but we’re working with lots of veggies here, especially if you make your own sauce. And I am going to say something controversial: you COULD make it without the pasta. I mean, don’t, especially if you are starving after work like I’m about to be starting today, but I did it without pasta on the day I went to the state fair because I was trying to keep lunch a little lighter. Balance, yo. I just ate a plateful of those baked zucchini rounds smothered in all the toppings and it made me soso happy.

Crispy-crunchy baked zucchini, saucy tomatoes, and fresh herbs. This is late summer garden goods working their magic.

Baked Zucchini Parmesan in a white bowl.
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Zucchini Parmesan

Baked Zucchini Parmesan


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This recipe for Baked Zucchini Parmesan is made with fresh zucchini and tomatoes broiled with herbs and cheese over pasta. YUMMM.


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Ingredients

  • 1020 slices zucchini (enough to cover the top of a 9x13 pan)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (see notes for how I made mine)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • parsley for topping

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch thick slices. Put the egg whites and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Dip the zucchini pieces into the egg white and the cover with the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, carefully flipping once towards the end. Remove from the oven when browned and firm.
  3. While the zucchini are baking, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and mix together with 2 cups sauce and 1/2 cup cheese. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Arrange the baked zucchini pieces over the top, cover with remaining 1 cup sauce and 1/4 cup cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melting and everything is hot and bubbling. Sprinkle with parsley.

Notes

For a quick sauce: Saute 5 cloves garlic in a little olive oil. Crush 5 Roma tomatoes and half of a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes in a food processor (I just happened to have some left over so I added it in the mix). Transfer tomato mixture to the garlic pan. Add 1 cup regular tomato sauce and a few tablespoons fresh basil. Season with a pinch of sugar and a few pinches of salt. Simmer – the longer the better. Drain out excess water with a wire sieve.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: baked zucchini parmesan, zucchini parmesan, healthy zucchini parmesan

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Have a great first day back at teaching! So exciting!

    This dish looks awesome. I love crispy, crunchy zucchini and the pasta is a must! Perfect for a weekday meal!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks delicious and a great way to use all the wonderful summer zucchini!

    In my opinion, this blog is also teaching many people about cooking, baking, ingredients, how to blog, photography, etc… So, you have two teaching jobs!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    That’s what I said, who needs eggplant?! Made light zucchini parmigiana last month and never looked back. Giant zucchinis mean real garden vegetable. My mom has tons of those.

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    Ana

    This looks great! I’m used to only making eggplant parm but now I’ve got to try it with zucchini!






  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Excellent idea for all the zucchini I have around the house. We cannot get rid of them fast enough. I agree the zucchini apocalypse is upon us!

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    Larry ostrom

    So this guy from the ‘South’ was visiting a friend in Minnesota. As they were leaving for the day, the man from the South asked why his friend wasn’t locking the door……? Oh …. we only lock our doors in the fall. If you don’t, you come home to a house full of zucchini….

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love my real job too (clinical research), and I’m glad I’ve found blogging as a creative outlet! My real job doesn’t end until 5 pm, so you have so much more time to play with food!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    And now I’m kicking myself for never having thought of zucchini instead of eggplant in parmesan!! I would probably keep the pasts since I heart carbs, but I’m sure this is delish without.
    Enjoy getting back to the grind!

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    Kim

    Looks delicious. In my opinion, pasta makes everything better, so I wouldn’t dare leave it out! 😉

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    ooh my goodness, i have to say ‘thank you’ to the idea that eggplant should be banished to the backroom forever and ever, amen. wait, you DID say that, right? (terribly scarred by a few bumpercrops of eggplant in my youth… bumper.)
    looks lovely…

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am still smiling thinking of that zucchini photo you posted on facebook. It was larger than some babies!! This looks like a great way to put your zucchini to good use. Wish I had thought ahead and made a similar dinner here tonight! Good luck getting back into the swing of things at school.

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    Have a good first day back! That’s wonderful you have a job you feel so passionate about.. that’s how I am about my job too, I like get excited to go to work. I think that’s how you know you’re in the right position 🙂

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I saw the largest zucchini known to man at the farmer’s market last weekend. For a split second I considered buying it. But I was very, very afraid of it’s size (it was about 30in long and 6in in diameter). I did get 2 of the monster’s smaller friends – these were not as scary!
    Now, I’m wishing I bought it because I think I could eat Baked Zucchini Parmesan every day! YUM!! And my runner husband will love the carbs from whole-grain pasta – bonus!
    Hope you have a great start to your school year! My little ones are in their 2nd week – and wake up excited every day for school. Know why? Awesome teachers! 🙂

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    Lindsay! Thanks for the shout-out! Loved your “zucchini baby” pic, too! I come home nearly every weekend from the cabin with OH SO MANY HUGE GIANT SCARILY LARGE ZUCCHINIS and leave them in my neighbor’s front steps, porches, cars… So I am grateful for all zucchini recipes! And, of course, you can have more if you want. Ha ha. I’m attempting a version like this that’s a little more like pizza… hmmm….