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Zucchini Casserole with Ground Beef

This zucchini and ground beef skillet meal is healthy AND delicious! With a wholesome sauce and crispy breadcrumbs to top it off, this is sure to be a family favorite!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, easy recipe, ground beef and rice, healthy, kid-friendly recipe, LEAP diet, skillet meal
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 408kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 24 oz can pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs I use spelt sourdough
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 zucchini or summer squash very thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and one Tbsp oil. Set aside.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat.
  • Add pasta sauce and water. Bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the rice.
  • Top with onion, the carefully arrange zucchini in a single, slightly overlapping layer.
  • Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with remaining Tbsp of oil, and top with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Cover with foil and bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake until rice is cooked through and breadcrumbs are golden, about 5-10 more minutes. (Add more water before baking if needed to prevent crunchy rice.)
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before serving!