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Zoodles made with summer squash with Italian meat auce

Italian Sausage Bake with Summer Squash

Rich Italian sausage with lean ground beef, two kinds of sauce, and mozzarella cheese brings rich flavor to the summer squash from the garden. This dish will be requested over and over.
Course Casserole
Cuisine American Italian
Keyword summer squash, yellow squash, zucchini
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • Spiralizer
  • large mixing bowl to hold zoodles
  • heavy skillet or pot
  • shallow oblong baking dish or casserole dish
  • paring knife
  • spatula
  • slotted spoon
  • grater or knife
  • cutting board


  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves chopped or minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 6-8 medium size zucchini or summer squash
  • 1 25 oz jar marinara sauce I use Trader Joe's Bolognese sauce
  • 1 15 oz jar alfredo sauce I use Classico Alfredo sauce
  • 1/3 lb mozzarella cheese


Meat Sauce

  • Brown the Italian sausage meat and ground beef in heavy skillet or pot, using spatula to break up the meats into small pieces.
  • Add the garlic and Italian seasoning to the meats.
  • Add the marinara sauce to the meats.


  • Wash and trim the squash.
  • Cut squash into sizes that will fit your spiralizer. (or if you do not have a spiralizer, slice into 1/4 inch rounds) Spiralize the squash into "zoodles" until there is enough to fill a medium-large size mixing bowl.

Assembling the Casserole

  • Cover the bottom of the casserole dish with half of the meat sauce, then place half of the zoodles on top.
  • Grate the mozzarella, or cut into thin slices, and place on top of the zoodles.
  • Use the rest of the meat sauce to cover the zoodles and the cheese.
  • Put the rest of the zoodles on top of the meat sauce.
  • Cover the last layer of zoodles with Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 45 -60 minutes. (I take it out and let it cool, then reheat at 300 degrees for 30 minutes before serving.)


Try layering  sliced bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, sliced olives or any other favorite pizza toppings!