Spiralized Zucchini & Summer Squash Casserole

Spiralized Zucchini & Summer Squash Casserole

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

If you don't have a spiralizer to make this healthy zucchini noodle casserole (aka zoodles), use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of the squash and zucchini, stopping when you reach the seedy center. Just a few minutes under the broiler gives these ricotta-and-basil-filled nests a light golden top.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 2 medium summer squash
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt


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  1. Position a rack in the top position of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  2. Combine ricotta, Parmesan, basil, garlic and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut summer squash lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds. You should have about 6 cups of "noodles." Place them on a cutting board and shape into an even 10-inch square. Cut the square into quarters. Transfer each "nest" to a 9-by-13-inch broiler-safe pan (or similar size 3-quart baking dish). Repeat with zucchini. Arrange the zucchini nests in an alternating pattern with the summer squash.
  4. Drizzle the nests with oil and season with salt and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Make a well in the center of each and spoon in about 2 tablespoons filling.
  5. Broil the nests until browned in spots, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer, broiler-safe baking dish

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 "nest"
  • Per serving: 127 calories; 9 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 36 mcg folate; 19 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 491 IU vitamin A; 21 mg vitamin C; 149 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 263 mg sodium; 358 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, ½ medium-fat meat, ½ high-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 3

August 15, 2019
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By: Dawn Nappi
Perfect for this gluten free girl!
September 13, 2017
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By: Jenn
Try with a poached or sunny side up egg for protein boost.. yolk and ricotta make an amazing sauce
June 19, 2017
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By: Lisa Valente
Broiling these nests gives the veggie noodles amazing texture (no soggy veggies here!) Plus the cheese is delicious on top. An amazing—and easy—summer side!
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