Basil-Parmesan Zucchini Roll-Ups Casserole


Thin slices of zucchini wrap around a creamy filling of ricotta and Parmesan cheese and are nestled in a creamy pesto sauce in this light and summery vegetarian casserole.

Basil-Parmesan Zucchini Roll-Ups Casserole
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 large zucchini, trimmed (1 3/4 - 2 pounds)

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup pesto

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Position racks in middle and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Discard any small or misshapen pieces. You should have about 16 strips. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

  4. Whisk cream, pesto and cornstarch together in an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle tomatoes over the mixture.

  5. Combine ricotta, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic in a medium bowl. Spread a generous 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture on each zucchini slice. Roll up the slices and place them in the baking dish, seam-side down. Bake until hot and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with basil before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

308 Calories
24g Fat
14g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 rolls
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Vitamin A 1695IU 34%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Potassium 673mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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