Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Clafoutis.
Because when life gives you zucchini, you turn it into something super cheesy.
Or at least that’s the way I like to do it, but then you guys know how much I love cheese! And yes, I did make us ravioli using zucchini “noodles”. I know I am typically all about real deal pasta, but you know, sometimes swapping veggies for carbs just works better. A tip though…serve this with bread. You know, for dipping into that homemade tomato sauce. <–oooops, you knew I’d sneak those carbs in somewhere!
*side note*–> I just re-read that very first line of this post and I swear I didn’t mean for it to sound so cheesy, but I kind of like it.
Anyway, I feel like this is a quintessential way to use up all the zucchini that summer has been offering us. I mean, what could be better than zucchini stuffed with not one, not two, but THREE cheeses. Answer? Nothing, this dish is so delicious even you pasta lovers out there will love this recipe.
Trust me, if we all love it over here, you will to!
Okay, here’s the deal, I’ve been wracking my brain all summer long, trying to come up with some new and exciting zucchini recipes. I feel like zucchini noodles have been done over and over again. And I feel like zucchini lasagna is a pretty common thing as well. So then I got to thinking a little further and wondered about a cheese stuffed zucchini ravioli thing.
Originally this recipe was supposed to use real, deal pasta, but when I had the idea to use the zucchini noodles as pasta, I just knew I had to combine my two recipe ideas and make them into one. It’s summer and I feel like lighter dishes are welcomed…right? Say yes!
So this (finally) brings us to the recipe!
It’s zucchini (I also used yellow summer squash) wrapped around a bundle of cheese (hello to ricotta, feta, and parmesan), then served over a warm batch of homemade roasted tomato sauce.
This is basically summer in a baking dish and I love it.
The recipe starts off by making the tomato sauce, but don’t worry there’s nothing hard about this tomato sauce. Then add everything to a baking dish and throw it in the oven for fifteen minutes or so. Pretty stinking simple.
While the sauce is doing its thing in the oven, start making the ravioli. I like to use a mandolin to uniformly cut my zucchini into eighth inch slices, but a vegetable peeler will work great too! Then mix up your cheeses in a bowl and it’s assembly time.
I took a few photos of the process for you guys so you could see how I wrapped up my ravioli, but it’s really as simple is taking four zucchini “noodles” making a star with them and then wrapping the ends up and around the cheese. See? Simple!
Now take those ravioli and lay them in the baking dish with all those flavorful tomatoes and bake a few minutes more, until the ravioli are warmed throughout and that cheese is a melty inside.
Top with fresh herbs (I used basil and thyme), and plenty of shaved parmesan, and then…dig in.
Oh, and lastly, add that piece of fresh bread for the extra sauce. <– do it, I promise you will not regret it.
I’ve got to say…Thursday night dinner never looked so good. And even though this recipe is pretty easy and pretty healthy, it’s also fun enough to serve up on a Friday or Saturday night too. Maybe add a fun cocktail or glass of wine and then finish the night off with a summer galette?
Yup, I’d say that right there is my kind of Friday night.
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Pretty healthy food you say? Yep, going with it!
This has become my go-to recipe when I have people over, and so far not a single person didn’t love it! I don’t usually rate things online but when I saw this recipe only had 4.2 stars, I had to give it 5 because it’s so worth it!! I don’t make it very often (maybe 3-4 times a year) so it’s a nice treat when I do 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this dish so often and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it is always enjoyed! Thanks for your kind message:) xTieghan
Another phenomenal recipe!!! Again, two of the pickiest ppl I know LOVED it. My sis even waited til after my husband tried it lol. She said she doesn’t “do zucchini”. Would honestly just eat the tomatoes by themselves ??. Thanks again!!
I also had the zucchini very thin, using a peeler.
Wonderful!! Love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for sharing your review and making the recipe!! xTieghan
This recipe is very similar to Donna Hay’s recipe.
Sorry, I am not familiar with that recipe, but please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
First of all, you need to rename your website as ProposalGuaranteed 😀 – seriously, my partner has drooled over every single dish I made according to your recipes and this was no exception. Both of us had seconds, which we normally don’t do on weeknights. Even my 4.5 year old who claims she hates zucchinis at it and thought it was delicious. I did smuggle frozen chopped spinach into the stuffing for extra veggies and everything was absolutely perfect. Thank you!
Happy Friday! I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed. I appreciate you giving it a try:) xTieghan
1/4 inch is to thick for the zucchini . Very difficult to stuff.
Sorry you feel this way, you can certainly slice it thinner if needed. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
I love this! But how do you get the “ravioli” to hold its shape? I’m not sure if my zucchini slices were too thick or too short, but they wouldn’t wrap around the filling and hold their shape! I turned it into a zucchini “lasagna” and it was still delicious 🙂
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, sorry you had issues with the “ravioli” holding it’s shape. My guess is your zucchini slices were too thick, next time try making them super thin. I hope this helps! xTieghan