Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer

If you don't like zucchini, you will like this.
Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer
Easy Zucchini Casserole

Easy Zucchini Casserole

This easy zucchini casserole is ready in about 15 minutes so it’s a great side dish. It’s also a good way to use up leftover spaghetti sauce and bits of mozzarella you might have in your cheese drawer.

When I was in high school, Immaculate Heart, my best friend’s mother used to make this casserole and I loved it. I think what surprised me most was that she used jarred spaghetti sauce. Her husband was Italian and her mother-in-law cooked everything from scratch from the homeland. Grandpa still spoke very broken English. Yet, there she was, reaching into her pantry to grab a jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce. She used it to make “Mexican” Pizza, too, and I’ll have that recipe here soon.

What You Need to Make Easy Zucchini Casserole

Of course, you want to use fresh zucchini when you make this. If you want to make a lot, perhaps to feed a lot of people or for a holiday, then definitely increase the amounts here. The ratio is one zucchini to half a jar of spaghetti sauce.

Speaking of spaghetti sauce, I’m very picky where that comes in. As much as I loved my friend’s mom’s jar of Ragu, I prefer Barilla Tomato and Basil or Roasted Garlic. They do not have very much added sugar, preservatives, or other nasty ingredients. Of course, you can use the brand you want or you could use our Fresh Tomato Sauce if you want.

For cheese, please get a block of real parmesan. You don’t have to get the very expensive parmesan, but don’t use the stuff that comes in the can. Use a hard cheese grater and have some at the table in case anyone wants extra cheese.

Fresh basil chiffonade is best for this. It’s not quite the same thing as chopping or mincing. You simply take the leaf of basil and roll it up very tightly then cut it into thin strips with a knife or sharp scissors.

Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer

Easy Zucchini Casserole

If you don't like zucchini, you will like this.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 160kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 6 ounces Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 leaf Basil chiffonade

Instructions

  • Use a mandoline to slice the zucchini into 1/8 inch slices.
    Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer
  • Put the zucchini in a casserole and cover it with the spaghetti sauce.
    Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer
  • Layer the mozzarella cheese on top followed by shredded parmesan.
    Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer
  • Bake in the air fryer at 400 F / 204 C for 12 minutes.
    Easy Zucchini Casserole in the Air Fryer
  • Finish with chiffonade basil leaves to taste.
    Easy Zucchini Casserole

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Notes

You can make this vegan by using vegan cheese.  Feel free to use your own spaghetti or tomato sauce.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Zucchini Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 536mg23%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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