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This healthy Roasted Zucchini With Parmesan & Basil is an easy vegetable side dish, ready in a quick 30-minutes. Perfect for weeknight dinners!

roasted zucchini with parmesan and basil on white plate

My mom has always told me that zucchini was my favourite vegetable as a kid, so it’s no wonder it’s still high on my list today! While I’m no longer having it pureed (lol), I love how versatile zucchini is to so many different cooking techniques.

One of my favourite ways to have it? Roasted, of course! This Easy Roasted Zucchini With Parmesan & Basil is a simple 30-minute side dish, made with just 7 ingredients.

As with other vegetables, roasting zucchini brings out so much of its natural sweetness.

That sweetness – paired with freshly grated parmesan (which gets both melty and crispy), garlic, and tons of basil – makes for an incredibly delicious vegetable side dish, one even picky eaters might enjoy!

roasted zucchini with parmesan and basil on white plate

Ingredients Needed

All you need to make this easy zucchini recipe are 7 simple, healthy ingredients:

How To Make Roasted Zucchini

This zucchini side dish is super quick to make, with a prep time of only 10 minutes. Then, it needs about 20 minutes in the oven, which allows you some time to get the rest of your dinner ready.

To make the recipe, simply cut zucchini in half, then into quarters.

Then, toss the sliced zucchini in a large bowl with olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, and salt until evenly coated.

zucchini in a bowl with dried basil

Next, spread the coated zucchini on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure to leave some space between pieces.

Then, sprinkle some freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano* overtop and pop the zucchini in the oven for 20 minutes.

*Note: Parmigiano-Reggiano is not the same as many of the pre-grated parmesan cheeses you may find in North American grocery stores. While it may be slightly more expensive, the difference in taste isn’t even comparable! I promise it’s worth it :).

When done, the zucchini will be tender and the cheese will be melted and browned.

Serve the zucchini on a plate and top with fresh basil (and maybe a bit more cheese if you feel like it)!

zucchini covered with garlic, basil, parmesan on baking sheet

What To Pair With Roasted Zucchini

As zucchini is a non-starchy vegetable, I recommend pairing this roasted zucchini with a protein and a starch to make a nutritionally-balanced meal. Check out some ideas below!

Protein pairing ideas:

Starch pairing ideas:

roasted zucchini with parmesan and basil on baking sheet

How To Store Leftover Zucchini

While best enjoyed hot, these zucchini can be enjoyed as cold leftovers as well. Leftover roasted zucchini can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

Something I love doing with these leftovers? Repurposing them into other meals. You can chop up the leftover zucchini and throw it into something easy like a vegetable pasta, pasta salad, a frittata, or add them to a frozen pizza!

Zucchini Nutrition Benefits

This summer squash is rich in many micronutrients, including:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin B6
  • folate
  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • copper

Zucchini is also a source of dietary fibre, with one medium zucchini providing 2 grams or 8% of your daily fibre needs. Dietary fibre is known to promote gut health, heart health, and satiety.

Like other fruits and veggies, zucchini is also a great source of antioxidants, especially carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are known to help keep your eyes healthy.

roasted zucchini with parmesan and basil on white plate

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This quick and healthy vegetable side dish is ready in 30-minutes. Full of flavour and perfect for weeknight dinners!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and dry zucchini. Remove ends, and then slice zucchini in half. Next, take those halves and slice into quarters, so that you have roughly 3-inch strips of zucchini. Place the zucchini in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the zucchini with olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, and salt. Toss zucchini with a spoon until evenly coated with ingredients.
  • Spread the zucchini on the lined baking sheet, making sure to leave a bit of space between pieces. Sprinkle the zucchini with freshly grated Parmigiano-Regianno (parmesan).
  • Place zucchini in the oven for about 20-minutes. When done, zucchini should be fork-tender and the cheese should be melted and browned. Remove from heat and let cool for ~5 minutes.
  • Plate zucchini and top with freshly chopped basil, and extra cheese and seasonings (as desired). Pair with your favourite protein and enjoy!

Notes

*When plating the zucchini, make sure not to leave behind any of the crispy cheese bits on the baking sheet! You’ll want to sprinkle those on top of the zucchini for maximum flavour!
*While best enjoyed hot, these zucchini can be enjoyed as cold leftovers as well. Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
*Something I love doing with leftovers? Repurposing them into other meals. You can chop up the leftover zucchini and throw it into something easy like a vegetable pasta, pasta salad, a frittata, or add them to a frozen pizza!

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