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Gardens, farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing the fresh zucchini right now! Looking for new ideas on what do make with fresh zucchini? You’ve come to the right place. Below are 12 delectable recipes featuring zucchini – soups, sides, main dishes and even a decadent dessert!

Bowl of soup with tortelloni, sausage, zucchini and carrots

Tortellini Soup with Sausage, Carrots and Zucchini

In this easy to prepare soup, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, carrots and zucchini are combined with tortellini (or tortelloni) in a scrumptious tomato-red wine broth. Can be made ahead, too!

Mug filled with Zucchini Soup, on a plate next to a panini sandwich

Healthy Zucchini Soup

Another scrumptious zucchini soup recipe that’s a snap to put together with readily available ingredients. Delicious served alongside a Turkey, Chutney and Cheese Panini!

Siver cups filled with Veggie Fries in a napkin, with Lemon-Garlic Aioli on the side

Veggie Fries with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

These crowd-pleasing vegetarian fries are a wonderful alternative to traditional French fries. Portobello mushroom and zucchini wedges are dusted with flour, dipped in egg, coated with a an Italian breadcrumb-Parmesan cheese mixture, then fried until crispy. Serve with our tangy Lemon-Garlic Aioli!

Round baking dish with a zucchini custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard

Roasted Zucchini Custard is an easy and flexible way to prepare zucchini, that can be a served as a light brunch/lunch entrée or as a side dish. Roasted zucchini is layered with a custard-y mixture of eggs, cream, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese and seasonings – including tossing in some Tabasco for a bit of heat. Plus there’s a secret ingredient to keep the custard from getting watery!

Square blue plate filled with Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad

Another quick and easy, fresh side dish that’s perfect for end-of-summer. Grilling corn and zucchini brings out their natural sweetness and adds smoky flavor. And those grill marks look good, too! Easy, fresh, colorful and yummy.

white platter showing Pesto Chicken and Vegetables with Pasta

Pesto Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

Aromatic and fresh, this pesto chicken pasta will soon become another one of your favorite “go-to” recipes. Easy to prepare in under 25 minutes, it’s extremely versatile, too. Use whatever size and shape pasta is in your pantry. And, I provide three unique, scrumptious pesto recipes for you to choose from!


Turkey and Vegetable Stuffed Shells

A savory, flavorful mixture of turkey sausage, carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, cream cheese and herbs is stuffed into pretty pasta shells, and baked with marinara sauce. Healthy, easy to prepare ahead, and can be frozen.

Seasoned ground pork sauce atop zucchini noodles on a plate

Zucchini Noodles with Ground Pork Sauce

This is a “pasta” dish — with a twist! Ground pork is seasoned with fennel seed and herbs, sautéed with mushrooms, peppers, onions and garlic, then served atop zucchini noodles. Easy to prepare, healthy, and gluten.

Plate of Mediterraean Meatball Ratatouille with orzo

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Meatball Ratatouille

Sausage meatballs slowly cook in a hearty sauce of mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, onion and garlic. Tomatoes, tomato paste, lemon juice and basil are added toward the end. Yum!! The perfect make ahead dish for busy night dinner.


Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Red Pepper

Roasted fresh vegetables are layered with vibrant pesto and creamy Fontina cheese and then baked. So easy, so impressive – and a perfect vegetarian main dish.

Overhead shot of mushroom, spinach, zucchini pie with sliced tomatoes on top

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie

This colorful and vibrant savory pie is easy to prepare, with fresh vegetables from your garden or favorite farmer’s market. Vegetarian brunch, lunch or dinner dish! Can be prepared ahead, too.

triple chocolate zucchini cake on a glass cake stand

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This dense and decadent cake calls for both unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate in the batter, then is topped off with a scrumptious bittersweet chocolate glaze. The result is a dense, super chocolate-y – and super delicious dessert.

Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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