Zucchini Parmesan Meatloaf Cups Recipe

Satisfy your cravings with a dish that keeps you coming back for more – Zucchini Parmesan Meatloaf Cups. Combining the classic comfort of traditional meatloaf with a modern twist, these savory treats are perfect for a quick meal or meal prep, allowing you to control your portions effortlessly.

Inspired by an abundance of zucchini from the garden, I crafted this recipe to offer a flavorful yet light option. The generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and the succulent zucchini infuse these meatloaf cups with irresistible flavor. They’re not only easy to prepare but also delightful to serve, especially for families with little ones who prefer hands-on eating.

Pair these delectable meatloaf cups with a simple arugula and cherry tomato salad for a refreshing accompaniment. Roasted bell peppers and carrots add vibrant color and a touch of sweetness to the dish. If you’re yearning for some carbs, garlic mashed potatoes or quinoa make excellent sides. For an extra burst of flavor, a squeeze of lemon or a dollop of marinara sauce on top is a delightful finishing touch.


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1 medium zucchini, grated.

1 pound ground turkey or beef.

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

1/2 cup breadcrumbs.

1 egg.

1 small onion, thinly sliced.

2 garlic cloves, minced.

1 teaspoon dry oregano.

1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves, chopped.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: 1/2 cup marinara sauce.

Optional: 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a muffin pan or line it with silicone baking cups.

Step 2

Remove excess moisture from the grated zucchini by squeezing it with a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth.

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, grated zucchini, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.

Step 4

Fill each muffin cup halfway with the meatloaf mixture, pressing down gently to compact.

Optional: Top each meatloaf cup with shredded mozzarella cheese and a dollop of marinara sauce.

Step 5

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the meatloaf cups are cooked through and golden brown on top.

Step 6

Allow the meatloaf cups to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the muffin pan. Serve hot and enjoy!

Feel free to customize the recipe to your liking and enjoy this flavorful twist on a classic favorite.

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