Easy Baked Sausage and Zucchini Casserole
This easy baked sausage and zucchini casserole is a perfect weeknight meal that comes together quickly and is super light yet filling. It is reminiscent of something like pizza or lasagna and seriously delicious! Gluten free, low carb, keto and can be made paleo or Whole30.
Servings Prep Time
6 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 2 large zucchiniscut into 1/4″ rounds
  • 2tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 white onionsliced
  • 2teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2pounds Italian sausagecasing removed
  • 4 garlic clovesminced
  • 1can artichoke heartsin water, drained
  • kosher saltto taste
  • black pepperto taste
  • 1/3cup bone brothor chicken broth
  • 1 1/2cups red saucesee notes
  • 1/4cup grated parmesan cheesefor garnish, optional
  • 1/4cup fresh parsleyroughly chopped
  1. Toss the zucchini slices with kosher salt. Place into a colander and set over the sink to drain for 30 minutes. Pat very dry and remove as much salt as possible at the end.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and adjust the oven rack to the middle position.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil. After it has heat up for about 1 minute, add onion. Cook for about 5 minutes until soft, stirring frequently.
  4. Add sausage and cook while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon for about 7-8 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook for about a minute, stirring frequently until fragrant. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a bowl. Stir in artichoke hearts and salt & pepper.
  5. Add mixture to a 1.75 quart baking dish and layer zucchini rounds in between. Evenly distribute the broth on top of the dish. Cover with red sauce and cheese.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until zucchini is slightly golden around the edges and the cheese has melted. Feel free to do a low broil the last few minutes, too. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

You can use your favorite pasta sauce. I love to use arrabbiata, but marinara or another flavorful red sauce would also be lovely.