Casserole Italiano

Course : Beef
Serves: 6
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1 quart sliced zucchini
1 pound ground beef
1 cup onions -- chopped
1 clove garlic -- crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups cooked rice
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
1 large egg -- beaten
1 cup cheddar cheese -- grated OR whatever cheese you have

Preparation / Directions:

Cook zucchini in boiling salted water about 2-3 minutes; drain well. Saute ground meat, onions, garlic, and seasonings until onions are transparent. Stir in rice and tomato sauce. Blend cottage cheese and egg. Arrange half of the zucchini slices in a buttered shallow 2 quart casserole; spoon on meat rice mixture. Spread cottage cheese over meat mixture. Top with remaining zucchini and sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

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