Italian Squash Casserole – a simple, healthy Italian dish that can be served as either a main dish or a side dish. It has all of the flavors that you expect from an Italian dish, minus all of the calories.
This Italian squash casserole is one of my go to, simple recipes in the summer, it is so easy to make and packs a whole lot of flavor. I usually make it as a side dish to serve along side various cuts of meats, but it actually makes a really amazing main dish as well. Unfortunately, I don’t serve it as a main dish as often as I would like because I live with a house full of men who insist on meat being served at every meal.
Italian Squash Casserole
Zucchini: The word zucchini comes from the Italian word for squash, “zucca”. This summer squash has a slight sweetness to it, with a bit of a floral note and the inside texture is somewhat spongy. The most flavorful zucchini are the ones that are small to medium sized. A few interesting facts to know, a whole, medium-sized zucchini contains more potassium than a banana, contains only 25 calories, is low in sodium, contains no saturated fat, and is cholesterol free.
Yellow Squash: Yellow squash is similar in flavor and texture to zucchini, however it does look a little different. Obviously, the color is different, but the shape is also different. Yellow squash has a bulb like bottom that tapers towards the neck.
Marinara Sauce: You can purchase marinara sauce for this recipe or you can make your own. I like making it myself, it’s super easy to do, it’s economical and tastes much better. The homemade marinara sauce actually makes this dish taste a lot better and it’s less watery.
- 2 cups zucchini, sliced ¼"
- 2 cups yellow squash, sliced ¼"
- 1 medium onion, sliced ¼"
- 3 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- To remove excess moisture, place squash and onions on layers of paper towel, sprinkle with salt and cover with a few more layers of paper towel. Allow the paper towel absorb the moisture for 5-10 minutes.
- Place squash and onion in a 9x9" baking dish, pour marinara sauce over the top and cover with tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes
- Remove foil, add cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to sit uncovered for 5 minutes before serving
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