Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole

Country Zucchini Casserole is a great way to use up that abundance of zucchini that is almost always prevalent, at some point, during every home gardeners summer.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to use up the zucchini harvest from my summer garden.  Most years, I have a bumper crop of zucchini. The best crop I ever had was 20 pounds per week, but one year, the zucchini weren’t very productive.  That year, we had more crookneck and patty pan squashes, but I suspect that any type of summer squash, or even a mixture of them would work well in this recipe.

I hear a lot of women talk about how picky their spouses are.  Mine is a pretty good sport, but when I’m making something new, there are times when dinner doesn’t get on the table without a struggle.  This recipe is a case in point.

Baker’s man wandered into the kitchen while I was was beginning to saute the onions and bell peppers.  The smell of onions, or garlic, often lures him into the kitchen.  When he made his entrance, I was chopping the zucchini and tossing it into my large measuring cup before adding it to the skillet with the other veggies.

Country Zucchini Casserole

“What are you doing?”  He asked, accusingly

“Chopping zucchini for the Country Zucchini Casserole.”  My tone was matter of fact.

“Who wants zucchini casserole?”  His tone was accusing.  “Nobody’s going to like it.”

“We’ll see.”  I replied as he mumbled something under his breath and wandered out of the kitchen.Country Zucchini Casserole

We’d already had a similar discussion about the Baked Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops which were already in the oven.  To be honest, I was very skeptical about this recipe.  A friend, who prefers to be nameless, had heard about this recipe from a friend of hers, but I was concerned that Country Zucchini Casserole might be an epic fail.  I’m happy to report that my concerns were unwarranted.

Country Zucchini Casserole

When the casserole came out of the oven, I served Food Critic first.  As I served him, a small piece of the casserole fell off of the spatula and landed on the stove top.  I picked it up and popped it into my mouth, and it was good.

“This Country Zucchini Casserole is bomb.”  I reported to my spouse.

“Says who?”  He asked, suspiciously.

“Says me.  I just tasted it.”

He made that snorting, grunting sound that some husbands make when they’re unconvinced.

Meanwhile, Bus Boy expressed concern about the kitchen blowing up because of the bomb in the casserole.  (That child can be very literal.)

I assured Bus Boy that there were no explosive devices in my kitchen, but he still didn’t want to try the casserole.  I served Baker’s Man his dinner, and as he tasted it, he made his happy, I like this, grunting sound.Country Zucchini Casserole

I knew the Country Zucchini Casserole was a winner when he went back into the kitchen for seconds.  He liked it.  Baker’s Man really liked it.  Food Critic did, too.  Only Bus Boy rejected it, but he prefers his foods to be separate.  He’s weird that way.

This recipe makes a great accompaniment to meat dishes, but it would also make a great vegetarian entree.  Of course, the portions would need to be larger if this was served as an entree.Country Zucchini Casserole

Give our recipe for Country Zucchini Casserole a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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5.0 from 10 reviews
Country Zucchini Casserole
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Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish or Vegetarian Entree
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Serves: 6
 
This recipe is a perfect way to use up excess zucchini, and I suspect it would work well with any summer squash. This casserole is creamy and satisfying and makes a perfect side for any weeknight meal, but it could also double as a meatless entree. The total cost of this recipe is $5.63 or about $0.94 per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter ($0.08)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (You can choose another color if you prefer. I just happened to have a red one in my fridge.) ($0.50)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped ($0.19)
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped zucchini (about 3 zucchini) ($0.75)
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth ($0.35)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup ($1.29)
  • ½ cup sour cream (fat free or low fat works well here) ($0.49)
  • 1 (6 ounce) package of cornbread stuffing mix ($1.98)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add bell pepper, onion, zucchini, and broth.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, between 8 and 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the vegetables form the heat and stir in the mushroom soup, sour cream, and ¾ of the stuffing mix.
  6. Pour into a 1½ to 2 quart casserole dish that has been greased.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining stuffing mix over the top.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes.

Country Zucchini Casserole is a delightful way to prepare zucchini. This recipe is rich and creamy and sure to become a family favorite.

Nutrition information is for 1/6th of the casserole prepared according to the recipe above.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.9g
11%
Saturated Fat 4.4g
22%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 651mg
28%
Total Carbohydrates 29.4g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g
8%
Sugars 5.6g
Protein 8.7g
Vitamin D 7%
Potassium  8%
Calcium 5%
Iron 10%

 

25 thoughts on “Country Zucchini Casserole

  1. Ok, this looks and sounds delish! I love the nicknames in your post! So fun! I too often have a lot of zucchini leftover. My husband loves zucchini and he loves his cornbread stuffing mix! That means I will definately be making this one for my family to try! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Amanda, in the beginning, my family all insisted on “code names” to be used on the blog. Now, I don’t know if they would care. As for this recipe, my summer gardens almost always produce an overabundance of zucchini, so I try to find new ways to use it up. I hope your husband likes the country zucchini casserole as much as mine does.

  2. Having raised 4 sons (and a husband), and now having 2 little grandsons, I enjoyed your description of your time in the kitchen! Haha. This looks like a hearty, filling dish to satisfy those big appetites!

    1. This dish is very hearty, but it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy. That’s why I love it. I’m glad you enjoyed my description of my interactions with Baker’s Man during meal prep.

  3. I think we may be married to the same man. Sometime my Honey can be very skeptical but in the end he will admit when it’s a great recipe. We love our zucchini!! We are now in our zoodle stage. I know — we’re behind everyone. Your recipe is a keeper. Will save it for this summer.

    1. I think there are several versions of this model husband around. I have a hand held spiralizer, but I haven’t made zoodles yet. Since I’m starting 30 days of vegan, I suspect I will probably try them at some point this month.

    1. I made this twice, and the second time, he wasn’t enthusiastic until he tasted it. It was as if he had memory loss. He didn’t want it. Then, he had seconds. Men…they can make you crazy.

  4. This looks so good I want to reach in a grab some! Love that you’re using zucchini as the main part of the dish.

    1. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare Zucchini since we almost always have a bumper crop. I was very happy with this recipe, so I’m definitely going to be using it this summer.

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