Parmesan Roasted Zucchini
Parmesan Roasted Zucchini stuffed with cheesy breadcrumbs is simply delicious. It’s buttery, sweetened only by the onions, flavored with garlic, and given a great texture from the breadcrumbs. Perfect as a side or a light meal.
This makes enough stuffing for 2 pounds of zucchini.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
- 2 pounds zucchini* 1 large, 2 - 3 medium, or about 3 - 4 small
- Extra virgin oil for drizzling
- 4 tablespoons butter**
- 1 onion diced (medium in size - about 1 cup)
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup breadcrumbs panko for extra crunch
- 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 ounce
- 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
- Kosher salt
Preheat oven 425 degrees.
Slice the ends of the zucchini then slice each one in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon creating a small channel for the stuffing. Set zucchini halves on a baking sheet. You can line a baking sheet with parchment or foil for easy cleanup if you wish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with a good pinch of salt. Place them cut side down and roast them for 10 - 15 minutes. See Notes.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling:
In a skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter and saute the onions until softened, about 5 - 8 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat.
In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, cheeses, and parsley. Add the onion mixture and toss until the crumbs are coated. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper.
Set the roasted zucchini cut side up and spoon the mixture evenly into them.
Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are crispy and golden.
This is enough stuffing for 2 pounds of zucchini.
*If you use smaller sized zucchini that’s about 8 inches long, use the lower end of the initial roasting time - about 10 minutes - because you don’t want them too soft. If using medium/large sized that’s about 10 - 12 inches, roast for about 12 minutes. If using large ones like I do from my garden - 12+ inches, roast for about 15 minutes.
**You can use olive oil in place of butter.