Zucchini Boats

Main Dishes · Recipes · August 10, 2018

Stuffed Zucchini Boats filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes are a new go-to healthy dinner idea. Topped with cheese, parsley and bread crumbs, you can’t go wrong with this zucchini dish.

Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini

We found another recipe we love!!! Recently, the hubby and I have been trying to eat a little bitter and have been increasing the amount of protein and veggies we eat and having less carbs. It’s pretty sad considering we love our carbs, but it’s been fun trying to come up with new recipes for us to enjoy.

I had seen many recipes for Zucchini Boats via Pinterest, and thought we ought to give it a try. We decided that Italian sausage would be a great meat for the dish so we used that as our filler along with some traditional Ragu sauce. I knew we’d have to add cheese because my husband is slightly obsessed so that’s what we did. We topped it off with Mozzarella cheese, garlic salt and basil. The result?? A SUPER simple and super yummy dish that I will definitely be adding to the rotation. I admit the kids weren’t too excited about it, but I think that’s because they don’t like sausage in general and think it’s “spicy” – LOL!


How to Make Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boat Ingredients

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These Stuffed Zucchini Boats are easy to make but take just a little bit of time. You’ll begin by scooping out the interior flesh from each zucchini. Be sure to keep this because we’ll need it to fill the boats later. 😉 From there you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Cook up sausage in a medium pan with olive oil. Add your spices, the zucchini flesh (that was scooped out) and tomatoes.
  2. From there you will spoon this mixture into your zucchini boats (which should be in a 9×13 pan). Top with breadcrumbs and cheese and bake for 20-22 minutes.

NOTE: If you want even more flavor, add your favorite tomato sauce/pizza sauce to your meat to make the dish even better!

Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini Boats Recipe

There are so many ways to change up these zucchini boats! This is a bit of an Italian version with the Italian sausage, tomatoes, breadcrumbs and cheeses. Here are some more ideas on how to change up these stuffed zucchinis.

  • Taco Zucchini Boats – hamburger meat, chili powder, cumin, cheese, olives, tomatoes, avocados
  • Lasagna Zucchini Boats – Ricotta, Mozzarella, & Parmesan cheeses, beef, marinara sauce, Italian seasoning
  • Burrito Zucchini Boats – beans, beef, spices, cheeses, tomatoes, olives and cilantro
  • Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats – chicken, garlic, marinara, cheeses and basil
  • Chicken Broccoli Zucchini Boats – chicken, chopped broccoli, cheese, sour cream, spices

So many varieties to try!

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

YUMMY! I love zucchini, and am so excited we tried this out. I’d love to hear if any of you have tried these before and would love to know what you filled your “boats” with. 😉

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5 from 11 votes

Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

Stuffed Zucchini Boats filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes are a new go-to healthy dinner idea. Topped with cheese, parsley and bread crumbs, you can't go wrong with this zucchini dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 2231 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 4 medium zucchini cut in half, lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella shaved
  • 1/4 breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400.

  2. Scoop out the interior flesh from the zucchini using a spoon and set aside (do not throw away). Place zucchinis in 9x13 pan.

  3. Add olive oil to a medium pan and cook sausage with garlic. Add onion powder, zucchini flesh, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

  4. Spoon this mixture into each zucchini boat. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheeses and bake for 20-22 minutes. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2231 Calories from Fat 1665
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 185g 285%
Saturated Fat 69g 345%
Cholesterol 432mg 144%
Sodium 4504mg 188%
Potassium 3487mg 100%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 22g
Protein 106g 212%
Vitamin A 70.7%
Vitamin C 204.7%
Calcium 105.5%
Iron 52.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Looks like so much fun! Healthy and delicious 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome!! It’s a great and simple recipe. Let me know if you give it a try. 😉


    YUM! This looks amazing! Unfortunately my hubby cant have the cheese (boo! because I LOVE cheese!) so we usually just grill our zucchini with some olive oil, salt and pepper.
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      Lil' Luna

      Bummer about your hubby, but grilling the zucchini sounds great too!!


    Oh, I used to make these and I totally forgot about them! My husband and I loved them! Thanks for reminding me!
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      Lil' Luna

      You’re welcome! There are just so many possibilities too. Thanks for stopping by. 😉


    Just ate these for dinner. I didn’t use red sauce. They are great!
    His had steak & onion. Mine had ground beef & portobello mushrooms & onions.
    Topped with pepper jack & mozzarella.
    Thank you for the post,


      Now I’m making more lol. I only made one and we each ate half. Still hungry as they weren’t that long. So what dies that mean??? That means husband approved!

      Lil' Luna

      LOL! SO glad they were a hit. The best part about this recipe is that it can be modified to your liking. Yours both sound yummy!


    I made these tonight for supper. They were delicious. I used hamburg instead of the sausage because that’s what I had in the freezer. Worked well. Since there are only two of us here, I cut the recipe in half, and still have enough for another supper. Served with garlic toast

      Lil' Luna

      PERFECT!! The best part of this recipe is being able to change it up every time! Hamburger meat would be great. 😉


    This recipe looks amazing! thanks for sharing…the ribbons and pasta looks great, too!
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      Lil' Luna

      Thank you!! I hope you’re able to give it a try and enjoy it. 😉


    I was so inspired by this post I decided to make them for dinner tonight. I got some zuchinni from a friend’s garden, but not the little ones. These are on the large size, probably 14 inches long. I figure that means more I can scoop out and more filling I can add!
    Cant wait to eat!! Also serving with garlic toast. Yummmmm!!


    These are so tasty! We filled ours with marinara, chopped yellow pepper, sausage, brown rice, green onion and topped with white cheddar. YUMMY! Thank you for the recipe. 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      Oooh, your versions sounds amazing. SO glad you liked them. 🙂


    Any suggestions on what to do with the middle of the zucchini with this mean instead of throwing it out?

      Lil' Luna

      You could peel the middle, so it’s like shoe strings and add it to pastas or salads. You could add it to breads, too! I have some great recipes with zucchini on the blog:)


    another hit in our house from Lil’Luna! The Hubby was not sure at first but then ate them up like nothing and was very impressed-thanks for another great low carb recipe!.

      Lil' Luna

      LOL…you’re welcome! Aren’t they delicious?? Glad you found another keeper!!

    Harry Carver

    Just got an Air Fryer, Looking forward to learning how to Cook with it!!!

    Caralynne Guimond

    These are so easy and delicious! I really want to eat 2 boats, but I will let it settle before I decide! 😏


    Love the zucchini boat! Thank you for sharing your creativity!


    I love that this is a healthier dinner option! Adding to the menu for next week!


    I’m addicted to all things zucchini and these literally look like heave.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I am too!! Love recipes with zucchini! These are delicious. I hope you try them!

    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

    This looks delicious! Looks delicious and so easy to make! !


    Love these! A great low carb option 🙂


    I am drowning in zucchini so this is perfect for us!


    These sound delicious, but then i saw the Nutrition facts. It says per serving. Is there really 2231 calories and 185 fat grams in each one or is that for all 4?


    trying the zucchini boats for my fussy grandchildren will substitute ground beef for sausage


    I was a little hesitant trying these, but I wanted to say I tried & they were so good!! I couldn’t believe how much flavor they have! I will definitely make them again!

    Andy Bishop

    Wow! These look absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to make them for my kids.
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