Beef Zucchini Casserole

Beef Zucchini Casserole

For a warm, hearty meal, nothing beats something cooked in a slow cooker...except maybe something cooked in a slow cooker and then baked in the oven with cheese on top! This zucchini casserole is a wonderful blend of flavors, and it's really easy to make.

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Cooking Time5 hr 45 min

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker, Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • 4 zucchini, whole
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In large skillet or slow-cooking pot with browning unit, cook beef and onion until meat loses its red color. Pour off excess fat.
     
  2. In slow-cooking pot (Crock-Pot), combine beef and onion with tomato sauce, wine, oregano, garlic, salt, basil, salt, and pepper.
     
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Pour into greased shallow baking dish.
     
  4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
     
  5. In meantime, cook whole zucchini in a regular pan of boiling salted water about 15 minutes or until barely tender.
     
  6. Cut lengthwise in halves and arrange, cut side up, on top of meat mixture in baking dish.
     
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
     
  8. Bake in 350F degree oven 30 to 45 minutes.

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I would like to know what size zucchini is used in this recipe.

You can use medium size zucchini.

So first I cook the meat on the stove, then I use the slow cooker, then I put it in the oven? Seems a little labor intensive for a slow cooker recipe. Isn't the slow cooker supposed to be an easy way of preparing a meal? One where you put it in and then forget it until mealtime? The end result sounds tasty, but ...

If it is a slowcooker recipe, why put it in the oven???

We love this recipe and find it very versatile. I have added mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans and omitted the beef. I did find that the croutons were too much bread for our taste. The stuffing gives it a very good flavor.

Nice make and set timer so I can get more done meal. Thanks!

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