Grilled Zucchini Parm
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The only thing better than a quick dinner is getting to cook it outside! This light recipe celebrates three summer ingredients you’re bound to see everywhere: zucchini, tomatoes, and basil! Lucky for us, these flavors translate beautifully into a fresh take on zucchini parmesan. Grill zucchini right alongside a flavorful cherry tomato sauce loaded with torn basil, garlic, and sweet red onion, then nestle the zucchini into the sauce, spoon with some of the burst tomatoes, and top with fresh mozzarella. Serve as-is or over your favorite pasta (or gluten-free pasta!) or a crusty loaf of bread for dipping. *Note: If you do not have access to a grill you can make this recipe indoors using a grill pan, a large skillet, and the broiler to help melt the cheese.

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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 35mins
Serves or Makes: 3-4 servings
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ingredients

  • 2 pounds (about 3-4 medium) zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1/ 4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 20 ounces (about 4 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/ 2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1/ 2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4" thick
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
  • Toasted bread or pasta (gluten-free, if necessary), for serving (optional)

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat grill or grill pan to medium heat.

  • Step 2

    Pierce each zucchini half all over with a fork. Brush zucchini halves with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper on both sides.

  • Step 3

    Place a large cast-iron skillet (at least 11”) on grill and preheat for 5 minutes. Add olive oil, red onion, cherry tomatoes, garlic, 3 tablespoons water, and half the torn basil and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes burst and mixture becomes saucy, about 25 minutes. Be sure to crush tomatoes with the back of a spoon as they cook to help them break down.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, place zucchini cut side-down on grill and cook for about 12 minutes on each side, until fork-tender. Once cooked through, set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess liquid and turn off the grill. Nestle grilled zucchini into the tomato sauce and spoon some sauce over zucchini. Arrange fresh mozzarella evenly over top and close grill to melt cheese, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Serve grilled zucchini parm onto plates and sprinkle with remaining torn basil. Serve with a side of bread, if desired, and eat immediately.