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Cheesy Baked Zucchini with Marinara will save your weeknight dinner routine (and the kids love it too!). It's low carb, vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto. | aheadofthyme.com

Cheesy Baked Zucchini with Marinara


  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Cheesy Baked Zucchini with Marinara will save your weeknight dinner routine (and the kids love it too!). It's low carb, vegetarian, gluten-free, and keto.


Ingredients

  • 5 small zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • fresh herbs, basil, parsley, oregano (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and line them up on a quarter sheet baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center goes in easily and the zucchini are completely tender. 
  4. While zucchini is baking, combine mozzarella, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning in a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. 
  5. Top each zucchini with about 2 tablespoons marinara sauce, and sprinkle each with an equal amount of the cheese mixture.
  6. Broil on high until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs (optional) and serve immediately.

Notes

How to store: Allow the baked zucchini to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for 3-4 days.

How to reheat: Reheat cheesy zucchini in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm. You can also reheat them in a 350F oven for 10 minutes or in the air fryer at 350F for 5 minutes. Note that the texture may be a little more mushier than when it was freshly baked, this is because zucchini tends to get mushy the longer it's cooked/reheated.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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