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How to Make Zucchini Pizza: Step-by-step Recipe & Photos

Zucchini pizza ready to serve

Zucchini in the garden usually means a bumper crop! This Zucchini Pizza Recipe is the perfect summer main dish to use up your zucchini blessings.

My mother got this recipe from my grandma, and our family often enjoys this dish in the summer time. Even people who don't like zucchini may like this dish.

A zucchini pizza with a flourless crust.

Step-by-step Instructions & Pictures

(Note: Scroll down for a complete and simplified recipe.)

Ingredients for zucchini pizza

Ingredients: 

4 c. shredded zucchini (I didn't need all the zucchini in this picture, how many you need depends on the size of zucchinis)
2 c. cooked rice
1 1/2 c. (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese (I used cheddar instead because I didn't have mozzarella, both work just fine)
1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced OR 1 tea. minced garlic
1 (15 1/2 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
3/4 tea. dried basil leaves
3/4 tea. dried oregano leaves

First, you'll get the zucchini ready. I peeled my zucchini so it looks nicer, but if your family isn't fussy about green bits in their crust, peeling isn't necessary and zucchini skin is healthy. 

Peeling zucchini for zucchini pizza

Next, shred your zucchini and measure out 4 cups. I used a hand grater for easy clean up, but a food processor or mixer attachment would make this step go faster.

Shredding zucchini

Place zucchini in dish towel; wrap and twist to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Note: make sure your dish towel is clean and hasn't been washed with fabric softener!

Zucchini on tea towel

Squeezing water out of shredded zucchini

In a large bowl, stir zucchini, rice, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, and eggs until well blended.

Crust ingredients

Mixing crust

Press mixture into a greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jellyroll pan. (I tried to give mine a nice raised edge.)

Bake at 400° F for 15 minutes or until crust is set and lightly browned. 

Pizza crust in pan

Meanwhile, in a skillet, fry the ground beef with the chopped onion and garlic until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any fat.

Frying hamburger

Turn off heat, stir in spaghetti sauce, basil, and oregano until well blended.

Cooking meat mixture

Spoon meat mixture over the baked crust.

Making zucchini pizza

Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Cheese on pizza

Bake in 400° F oven for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

Finished pizza

Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into 3" inch squares and serving.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Zucchini pizza square

Complete Recipe:

Zucchini Pizza
4 c. shredded zucchini
2 c. cooked rice
1 1/2 c. (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced OR 1 tea. minced garlic
1 (15 1/2 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
3/4 tea. dried basil leaves
3/4 tea. dried oregano leaves

Place zucchini in dish towel; wrap and twist to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
In large bowl, stir zucchini, rice, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, and eggs until well blended. Press mixture into a greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 400° F for 15 minutes or until crust is set and lightly browned.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, fry the ground beef with the chopped onion and garlic until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any fat. Turn off heat, stir in spaghetti sauce, basil, and oregano until well blended.
Spoon meat mixture over the crust. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Bake in 400° F oven for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into 3" inch squares and serving.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Click here to download PDF recipe.

 

 


9 comments

  • Tried this tonight for supper and it was delicious. Shared it with my family as a keeper.

    Gail Bievenour
  • My family was full of trepidation when I said there is zucchini crust pizza for dinner, but everyone loved it! I used prego garlic and herb sauce and my toppings were sausage, onions and peppers. I think the crust was tasty. Thank you so much for an excellent recipe!

    Brenda Balmer
  • Sounds delicious!! Perfect timing for this zucchini recipe. I’m also going to make one with ground sausage, peppers and onions. Yummy

    Pam Herman
  • Sounds great! Have been trying different recipes with zucchini.l will try this one. Thank you.

    Carol Watkins
  • Look forward to trying this. Sounds delicious.

    Carol Fretz

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