Our 10 Most Popular Recipes with Zucchini

It’s zucchini time in Canada! In early summer, fields are filled with this beautiful vegetable, and so are grocery stores. We’ve compiled a list of your favourite recipes featuring zucchini. Dessert breads, muffins and pasta dishes are among the best ways to cook with locally grown zucchini. Here are some others.

1. Cream of Zucchini Soup

As an appetizer, this creamy, light-green soup is an attractive and delicious way to start a meal. And it’s easy to prepare: Simply soften the zucchini along with a potato in a saucepan, then boil them and purée in a blender. Topped with a dash of plain yogurt, it’s even creamier. You’ll love it!

2. Ratatouille

Several vegetables go into this classic from the south of France, including eggplant, mushrooms, bell peppers and tomatoes. Each vegetable is first cooked on its own, then they are all gently cooked together until a melty, stew-like texture is obtained. The ultimate comfort food!

3. Zucchini and Date Bread

Zucchini for dessert? Absolutely! The zucchini lends a soft texture to this dessert bread that also contains dates and walnuts. You can also use this recipe to make muffins by adjusting the cooking time.

4. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This is another zucchini-based favourite that has become one of your go-to dessert breads. And it’s no surprise. It’s super-soft and extra-chocolatey, with a chocolate batter and a chocolate topping.

5. Sausage, Vegetable and Cheese Sheet Pan

Zucchini can take on many different shapes…even a spiral! A spiralizer is just the thing to incorporate the squash in this popular weekday meal. Simply place all the ingredients on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven for a quick and efficient dinner.

6. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

This hearty lasagna features tomato sauce and a creamy Parmesan béchamel. It also contains a healthy dose of roasted vegetables, including zucchini, ribbons of which can be used to top the lasagna in a nice woven pattern. Magnifico!

7. Cherry Tomato and Zucchini Spaghetti

This simple dish has summer written all over it. Still-crunchy zucchini, olives and fresh basil are combined with quick-to-make tomato sauce starring cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese and…presto!

8. Pan-Fried Cod with Ginger, Zucchini and Avocado

This recipe may look fancy, but it is so easy to make. Golden-brown cod fillets are bathed in a broth that is sweet, savoury and slightly spicy, highlighted by ribbons of zucchini. A lovely dish to serve whatever the occasion.

9. Zucchini Lime Muffins

Zucchini is great in bread, sure, but let’s not forget about muffins! The squash also gives them a lovely soft texture. These muffins can be eaten plain at breakfast, or for dessert with a lime frosting.

10. Veal and Parmesan-Stuffed Zucchini

What a great way to put zucchini in the spotlight! Here, the squash serves to hold a lovely stuffing of veal and Parmesan. Just cook the halved zucchini on a baking sheet along with the accompanying vegetables.