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Panko Fried Zucchini on Gnocchi

Some panko fried zucchini with Italian seasonings, topped on some gnocchi in a home made marinara sauce.
The fried zucchini makes this healthy right?!

Welp.. you’re getting some veggies in your system and it tastes amazing so this has to be good for you!

Panko breaded fried zucchini is a great way to inject some veggies into pasta night. Italian seasoned and lightly fried then topped on some gnocchi is perfect!

This recipe is an awesome weeknight meal that surprisingly my kids loved! I made the fried zucchini for my wife and I, but threw a couple on the kids plates to try. And to my shock Brayden loved them!

Kenzie was on the fence, but 1/2 kids is a success in our home.

Panko breaded fried zucchini is a great way to inject some veggies into pasta night. Italian seasoned and lightly fried then topped on some gnocchi is perfect!

I was never a fan of zucchini as a child. They were always too mushy for me.

So when I cook them I like to pull them off just before they’re done so that there is still bite to them. There is some carry over heat so they’ll perfectly done by the time I’m ready to plate.

Just enough bite, perfectly crispy from the panko and the flavor is out of this world!

And for the seasoning I’m using a Italian blend I’m working on. It’s perfect for weeknight marinara, and made some good fried zucchini too!

Panko breaded fried zucchini is a great way to inject some veggies into pasta night. Italian seasoned and lightly fried then topped on some gnocchi is perfect!

This batch of fried zucchini is breaded similar to chicken cutlets, with the exception of a quick dredge in flour. I don’t think it needs it. The panko bread crumbs with a little egg wash before to help it stick is perfect.

And whether you’re making this with a bottle of off the shelf marinara, a quick 30 minute marinara, this is such a fun and easy recipe to make, so enjoy!

30 Minute Marinara Sauce
A quick and easy 30 minute marinara sauce that is done in about 30 minutes. Use fresh basil and oregano to really make this sauce pop!
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Fried Zucchini with Gnocchi

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1716kcal
Panko breaded fried zucchini is a great way to inject some veggies into pasta night. Italian seasoned and lightly fried then topped on some gnocchi is perfect!
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Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked pepper
  • 1 cups olive oil for frying
  • 2 cups marinara
  • 16 oz gnocchi

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add panko, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and garlic powder. in a separate bowl whisk 2 eggs for your egg wash
  • Preheat oil in a pan at medium heat. Cut zucchini in to 1/4 inch slices, then dip in egg wash, bread with panko and fry; about 1 minute per side. Lay on a cook rack to drain oil. Repeat until all are done.
  • When zucchini is done place in the oven at the lowest temp to keep warm. Boil water and cook your marinara sauce.
  • Drain gnocchi, then add a few spoonful's of marinara into gnocchi. Serve in a bowl with fried zucchini, and a little more sauce. optionally garnish with fresh basil and parmesan. Enjoy!

Notes

substitute herb spices with about 1-2 TBSP of Sunday Night Spaghetti spice blend, if you have it!

Nutrition

Calories: 1716kcal | Carbohydrates: 251g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 3026mg | Fiber: 28g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 3199IU | Vitamin C: 105mg | Calcium: 523mg | Iron: 32mg


Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!