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Italian Zucchini Parmesan

Layered Zucchini Parmesan has all the flavors you love about pizza or lasagna but without all those annoying carbs to weigh you down.

Closeup vertical photo of Italian Zucchini Parmesan on a white plate with sauce and cheese.

Zucchini is one of those awesome ingredients that takes on the flavors of whatever it’s cooked with.

In the case of this Italian Zucchini Parmesan, it’s the sauce and the cheese!

Much like a pizza or lasagna, this recipe hits a bulls-eye for flavor and it’s super simple to make!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this easy vegetable side dish is available at the end of this post. OR Click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


Overhead photo of a silver skillet filled with Italian zucchini Parmesan with an orange napkin and serving tongs.

The ingredient list;

  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • green bell pepper
  • red bell pepper
  • tomato sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works:

With zucchini and summer squash being so prevalent in the grocery store, home gardens, and farmer’s markets, I wanted to come up with a recipe that marries the idea of eggplant Parmesan and pizza but using summer squash and zucchini instead.

I think I hit the nail right on the head with this recipe for Italian Layered Zucchini Parmesan!

Try it, and you be the judge!

If you or your kids love pizza and/or lasagna, you’re going to adore this easy to prepare zucchini recipe!

It’s a great way to get your kids to happily eat their veggies without any fuss.

A white scalloped plate in the foreground filled with zucchini Parmesan side dish along with an orange napkin and a skillet in the background.

Additional add-in suggestions:

  • mushrooms
  • pepperoni
  • cooked ground beef
  • cooked Italian sausage
  • cooked bacon
  • eggplant
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • What are some of your ideas?

Layers of flavor!

This recipe is a lot like a lasagna in that it’s layered before baking. But in place of the pasta, the summer squash and veggies are the stars of this show.

Unless of course, you’re more a fan of the bubbly brown layer of cheese…but then, who can blame you?

Close up photo of zucchini and summer squash rounds topped with cheese and tomato sauce. Layered Zucchini Parmesan recipe.

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The easy step-by-step instructions for making layered zucchini Parmesan:

  • Layer 1 large sliced zucchini, 1 sliced and seeded green bell pepper, 1 sliced and seeded red bell pepper, 1 sliced small red onion, and 3 sliced small yellow summer squash in a large, ovenproof skillet.
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  • Season the layers with salt and pepper to taste as you go.
  • Pour two cans of your favorite canned tomato sauce over top of the veggies in the skillet.
  • Place the skillet in a preheated 425-degree oven for 20 minutes.
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  • Remove the skillet from the oven and top with shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Sprinkle with dried basil and oregano.
  • Return the skillet back into the oven until the cheese is bubbly, brown, and melted.
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Title text image of Low-Carb Italian Zucchini Parmesan.

Additional Savory Zucchini Recipes:

Baked Cheesy Zucchini Bites – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Cheesy Zucchini Breadsticks Smile Sandwich

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Chocolate with Grace

Corn and Zucchini Chowder – Little Broken

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini – The Recipe Critic

Chocolate Lovers Zucchini Cake – Great Grub and Delicious Treats

Zucchini Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage – Yellow Bliss Road

Yum, right? I hope you’ve visited all those delicious recipe posts, and pinned some of them too. I know I have!

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s easy vegetable side dish. 

Zucchini Parmesan Casserole -

Italian Layered Zucchini Parmesan

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
This recipe is a lot like a lasagna in that it's layered before baking. But in place of the pasta, the summer squash and veggies are the stars of this show.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Vegetable Casserole
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 cups
Calories 151 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini sliced into ¼" rounds
  • 3 small yellow summer squash sliced into ¼" rounds
  • 1 medium red onion sliced into ¼" slices
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and sliced into ¼" slices
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced into ¼" slices
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 can 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • cups shredded mozzarella
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  • Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
  • Brush the bottom of a large, oven proof skillet with the olive oil.
  • Layer the sliced zucchini, red onion, green pepper, red pepper, and summer squash in the skillet, making sure to season each layer with salt and pepper (to taste) as you go.
  • Top the vegetables in the skillet with the tomato sauce.
  • Add the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and top the casserole evenly with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with the dried basil and dried oregano.
  • Return the skillet back into the oven and cook until the cheese is browned and bubbly.


Tools and equipment:
Cutting board
Chef's knife
Large, oven proof skillet
Cheese grater (if needed)
Can opener


Serving: 1cupCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 237mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
Keyword Italian Zucchini Parmesan, layered zucchini parmesan, skillet zucchini Parmesan
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Closeup photo of Italian Zucchini Parmesan on a white plate with cheese and seasonings.

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s zucchini recipe for skillet Italian Zucchini Parmesan as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Recipe Rating


Friday 29th of May 2020

Yum...and low carb!


Thursday 4th of June 2020

You can get better than that in my book! Thanks, Lisa!


Monday 15th of July 2019

What a great low-carb spin on lasagna--and who doesn't end up swimming in zucchini by the end of summer?!


Monday 15th of July 2019

Thanks so much, Jenni! Swimming in zucchini is never a bad thing. It's such a versatile ingredient.


Saturday 29th of June 2019

It is that time of year when you can NEVER have too many zucchini recipes. Love the sound of this delicious casserole. The perfect take along to a party. Great as a brunch or dinner item.


Sunday 30th of June 2019

I love zucchini. Glad you like the recipe, Gloria. Thank you!


Saturday 29th of June 2019

This is great! I love that you don't need all the pasta. I've been trying to add more veggies into our dinners, and this is perfect. Also, I love the add-in suggestions you have here. Thanks!


Saturday 29th of June 2019

Glad you like this recipe, Debi! Enjoy and happy cooking!!

Shadi Hasanzadenemati

Friday 28th of June 2019

Love how simple and easy this recipe is! I'll be making it again!


Sunday 30th of June 2019

Thank you, Shadi!!