Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini {contributor Shannon}

  Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

Hi there! It’s Shannon from Cozy Country Living! I hope you are having a great summer. This past week my garden has been growing like crazy! I love coming into the house with handfuls and baskets full of fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing like growing your own food. If you grow zucchini like I do, you know how plentiful it can be. Every single day this week I have picked zucchini and it doesn’t look like there is any end in sight. As long as I have a bunch of great zucchini recipes on hand, I will just keep on picking, cooking and baking with my wonderful harvest!

Zucchini in the Garden

The other afternoon, I was contemplating what to make for dinner. I had a meal planned, but I didn’t feel like it. I felt like using up some of the zucchini I had sitting on my kitchen counter. I’ll admit, my family’s favorite way to use zucchini is in muffins or bread. It’s sweet, moist and just delicious. I wanted to incorporate this great vegetable into our dinners though. Zucchini and cheese…hmm…I figured I couldn’t go wrong here!

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

This Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini is a wonderful way to use some of the fresh zucchini from your garden.

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

A generous amount of shredded Italian Blend Cheese is melted into a creamy sauce, poured over layers of fresh, sliced zucchini (I added a summer squash too!) and topped again with grated cheese and baked until bubbly.

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

Want those beautiful, dark , crisp and blistered cheese spots on top of this dish? Simply place the casserole dish under the broiler for a few minutes! Yum!

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

I like to serve this Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini with pasta covered in tomato sauce and a fresh salad. It’s a really simple dinner any night of the week and can be on your table in a half an hour or so!

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini, layers of fresh zucchini and summer squash baked in an Italian cream sauce until browned and bubbly.

Do you have zucchini coming out of your ears? What’s your favorite way to use it?

Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  1. 3 large zucchini ( or 2 with 1 yellow squash)
  2. 3 Tbsp. butter
  3. 3 Tbsp. flour
  4. 1 1/2 cups milk
  5. 2 cups shredded Italian Blend Cheese, divided
  6. salt
  7. pepper
  8. garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking or casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Slice your zucchini into 1/4 inch slices, they don’t have to be perfect:)
  4. Layer the bottom of the casserole dish with half of the sliced zucchini.
  5. Season the layer of zucchini with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter on low, then add the flour.
  7. Whisk together until incorporated and golden brown.
  8. Slowly add the milk and continue whisking until smooth and thickened.
  9. When it’s smooth, add 1 cup of the cheese and stir until completely melted.
  10. Remove from the heat.
  11. Pour half of the cheese sauce across the first layer of zucchini.
  12. Place the remaining zucchini on top of the sauce and make your second layer.
  13. Season that layer well with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  14. Cover with remaining sauce and top with the other 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  15. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  16. To get those nice golden brown spots on the cheese, place the zucchini under the broiler for a few minutes, but watch closely being careful to not let it burn.
  17. Remove from the oven and serve warm. Enjoy!
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9 thoughts on “Italian Cheese Scalloped Zucchini {contributor Shannon}

  1. This looks delish! I’ve been experimenting with summer squash over the past few weeks and have come up with a few new dishes to use up the abundance. Adding this to the list! Thanks!

  2. How funny, just tonight I made scalloped potatoes and said to myself gosh, wonder if I could have made this healthier by making it with zucchini….then I came across this! Will be trying ASAP!

  3. I love zucchini and squash and this looks so yummy. I have some in my fridge right now, so I know what I am making for dinner.
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Bev

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