Looking for a fun, new way to use summer squash? These Zucchini Nests are easy, delicious, and great for the kiddos. If you don’t have a spiralizer, look for spiralized zucchini at your local grocery store.

Zucchini Nests

Course Side Dish
Keyword kids, vegeatarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Abbie Gellman


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded “Italian mix” cheese i.e. parmesan, romano, provolone, mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup basil chiffonade or chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 medium zucchinis or summer squash Note: can purchase zucchini noodles if you do not own a spiralizer tool
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Pre-heat broiler. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine ricotta, Italian cheese, basil, garlic, and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Using a spiralizer, cut zucchini into long thin strands. Arrange the zucchini noodles into 8 “nests” on the baking sheet. Drizzle each “nest” with oil, make a well in the center, and add 2-3 tablespoons of filling.
  4. Place baking sheet under broiler for 6-8 minutes until golden brown.

Recipe Video

Zucchini Nests: Gellman Girls

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