Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake (Video)
You’ll love this Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake that’s a tasty zucchini side dish that has been mega-popular for years! In fact this is the most popular recipe of all the Top Ten Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes on my blog!
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If you’re a food blogger with a mega-popular recipe like this Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake (seen by millions and millions of people on Pinterest), you’ll probably wonder every summer if the recipe will still be popular! But this year I noticed people are starting to visit the recipe again! Have you tried this recipe that’s the most popular zucchini recipe on my blog?
It was my sister Pam who originally found this recipe in Penzeys Back to School Catalog (in 2011!) Pam changed the recipe a bit when she made it, and then I changed it a tiny bit more when I tried it. Pam and I were both so impressed with how this very basic idea of tossing zucchini with a few fresh and dried herbs and cheese and then baking it can produce a cheesy zucchini bake that’s so delicious.
I’ll be honest, I did probably make it a little cheesier than the original recipe, and Jake and I also used a very generous amount of sliced basil. The other change I made was to switch from an 8-inch square casserole dish to one that was 8 inches x 11 inches. I really did like the way this larger dish let the zucchini spread out more so each piece was covered with cheese, but take your choice on that!
And zucchini season is here or neatly here for many of you, so when you get zucchini from your garden or the farmers market, you must try this, or make it again if you’re already a fan!
What ingredients do you need?
- zucchini, cut in slices or half-moon slices
- yellow squash, cut in slices or half-moon slices
- chopped fresh basil (more or less, depending on how much you like the flavor of basil)
- thinly sliced green onion
- Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
- Garlic Powder (affiliate link)
- grated mozzarella cheese
- coarsely grated Parmesan, plus a little more for the top if desired
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Can you use other types of cheese?
Personally I think the grated Mozzarella and coarsely-grated Parmesan used in this cheesy zucchini recipe is perfect to go with the flavor of basil and fresh zucchini. But if you’d prefer another cheese you can use any white cheese that melts well.
Want more cheesy zucchini recipes?
The popularity of this recipe shows how many people are fans of the combination of zucchini with cheese! If you’d like more recipes like that consider trying Zucchini Frittata, Parmesan Encrusted Zucchini, or Zucchini Bake with Feta and Thyme.
Steps for Making Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- Wash zucchini, trim ends, and cut into slices or half-moon slices for larger zucchini.
- Wash and dry basil (I used a mini salad spinner; affiliate link) and then chop or slice the basil (I used Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to get nice thin slices of basil.)
- Chop green onions, then toss together the sliced zucchini, sliced or chopped basil, sliced green onions, Dried Thyme (affiliate link), Garlic Powder (affiliate link), and 1/2 cup (or more) of each type of cheese.
- Season with salt and fresh-ground pepper and spread out in the baking dish.
- Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or slightly longer. (Until the zucchini is getting tender when you stick a fork into it.)
- Then sprinkle the remaining grated mozzarella or pizza cheese (and a little more Parmesan if desired) and bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is nicely melted and slightly browned.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake would taste great with summer favorites like Grilled Sausage and Peppers, Rosemary-Mustard Grilled Chicken, Grilled Ginger-Soy Pork Chops, Very Greek Grilled Chicken, or Marinated Beef Kabobs for a low-carb meal.
Zucchini Recipes to Help You Use That Zucchini:
The Top Ten Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes
Low-Carb and Keto Grilled Zucchini Recipes
Recipes for Extra Large Zucchini
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Low-Carb Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake
You'll love this low-carb Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake which is most popular zucchini recipe of the Top Ten Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes on Kalyn's Kitchen!
- 2 medium zucchini, cut in slices or half-moon slices
- 2 medium yellow squash, cut in slices or half-moon slices
- 4 T chopped fresh basil (more or less, depending on how much you like the flavor of basil)
- 2 T thinly sliced green onion
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (see notes)
- 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan, plus a little more for the top if desired
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray an 8" x 8" or 8" x 11" baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I originally used the small size, but now I prefer a slightly bigger dish.)
- Wash the squash and cut in slices or half-moon slices.
- Wash basil, spin dry or dry with paper towels and finely chop or slice. (I used a mini salad spinner (affiliate link) to dry the basil and Herb Scissors (affiliate link) to cut into thin slices.)
- Slice green onions.
- Combine the sliced squash, chopped or sliced basil, sliced green onions, dried thyme, garlic powder, 1/2 grated mozzarella and 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan and stir together until the veggies are coated with cheese and the herbs are well-distributed. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Put the mixture in the baking dish and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or slightly longer. (Pierce a piece of zucchini with a fork to be sure it's mostly tender.)
- When the zucchini is nearly cooked through, take the casserole dish out of the oven and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella, plus a little more Parmesan if desired.
- Put the dish back in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned and zucchini is fully cooked. Serve hot.
- This kept well in the fridge overnight, but mine was gone the next day so I don't know if it would last longer than that!
You can use more cheese or use other white cheese if you prefer but that will increase the amount of carbs in this recipe.
This Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake recipe adapted from a recipe by Karen Niessing in Penzeys Back to School 2011 Catalog, with suggestions from my sister Pam and a few more adaptations by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 535mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 14g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations. (The carbs calculated for this recipe seems a bit high to me!)
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This zucchini bake recipe is perfect for low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic eating plans. For the original South Beach Diet you will need to use low-fat cheese.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use the Zucchini Index or Side Dishes to find more recipes like this one.Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on YouTube to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.
Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2011, after my sister Pam discovered it and we both adapted it a bit. For many years now it’s been the most popular zucchini recipe on my site! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2022.
317 Comments on “Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake (Video)”
Shannon, hope you enjoy!
wow, that does look easy, healthy and super delicious 🙂
Thanks for the great new recipe. Zucchini and basil – two of my favorite things, and I have a bunch of both right now! I can't wait to make this for supper!
Barbara, love the sound of cream cheese with zucchini!
Christine, there could never be too much basil for me, love it!
One can never have enough zucchini recipes! This one is going into my del.i.cious file for when I get home. I like that you "bumped up" the basil, Kalyn. Yum!
I've made a cheesy zucchini recipe for years using cream cheese. I do think it was a great way to get my kids to eat some veggies and not protest too much but I must admit. I think it was more for me. …I could just sit and eat the entire casserole with a spoon!
I can always use another recipe for zucchini and this one sounds fabulous, Kalyn. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
So glad people are liking this. It's definitely going to become one of my favorite ways to cook zucchini.
Sam, I wish we had Penzeys in Utah but I order from them online all the time. I also love The Spice House, which is the sister of Bill Penzey.
We have SO much zucchini lying around just waiting to be used and this would be a perfect way to do so! I am definitely making this — it looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I love this! I so love zucchini and this sounds perfect! Thanks!
Fresh basil and scallions would definitely kick up the flavors. Love the idea. It's always nice to have another reliable and delicious zucchini recipe on hand Kalyn.
I would love to live near a Penzey's store. My 98 year old father-in-law swears by their products.
I have an obscene amount of zucchini in my fridge and something this cheesy sounds so good to me!
Simple easy and looks fabulous! I see the cooking gene runs in the family!
Barbara, I do think that lots of kids would like this compared to many other ways to cook zucchini!
It looks so cheesy and delicious. It would be a great way to get the kids to eat veggies.
Lydia, I loved that the zucchini stayed a tiny bit crisp even after it cooked that long.
What's not to love? Baked zucchini doesn't seem to get as soggy as zucchini cooked other ways. I'm looking forward to trying it. (Thanks, Pam!)
Dree, glad this is going to work for you. And I have been buying Penzeys forever too. I finally visited the store in Chicago and now I've been to the one in Santa Monica as well.
Mary, my sister and I both just loved it!
Mine is very watery at the bottom from the zucchini and squash. Is that normal or did I mess it up?
It seems to be a factor that is partly dependent on the squash you use. Young fresh squash from the garden are less likely to be watery when they’re baked. Older less-fresh squash from the store will probably release water. I will say that it’s normal to have a small amount of moisture in the dish, but if it’s a lot of water it may be the squash you used. If you try it again and don’t have access to fresh garden squash I might increase the temperature just a little, maybe 25 degrees higher. And then watch because the cooking time might be a bit shorter.
I am a sucker for a tasty casserole and this one looks like it wouldn't disappoint! Loving the browned cheese and squash. YUM
This looks so yummy! It's always great to find a casserole that doesn't involve can-of-anything as well as no potatoes or rice (allergies in our house).
I love Penzeys and have been buying their spices (and vanilla…yum) for over 15 years through 3 states and 6 moves. Now that I have access to a store, I don't get a catalog any more 🙁
I've starred this in my google reader, so I can find it again.