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greek moussaka recipe

Easy Greek Zucchini Moussaka Recipe

A Greek delicacy made with lean ground beef filling and layered with Zucchini instead of potatoes for a low carb option.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 325kcal
Author Rena


  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 15oz Jar Tomato Sauce
  • 1.5 lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • tsp Dried oregano
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/8 Ground Clove
  • 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Large Zucchini (about 1.5 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • ¼ Cup Ground Parmesan Cheese
  • Freshly chopped herbs of choice


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 12x8'' baking dish with olive oil.
  • Heat oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent and soft, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the meat and continue to cook until no longer pink, breaking it with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and seasonings and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat, and simmer until sauce is reduced about 15 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaf and proceed to make the casserole. Layer zucchini slices to the bottom of the prepared baking dish, then top with an even layer of meat sauce.
  • Spread over half of the ricotta cheese, then repeat the layers. Finish with a layer of zucchini slices, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly with golden tops and tender zucchini. Remove from the oven, garnish with fresh chopped herbs and enjoy!



Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 782mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 4mg