Zucchini Boats

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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Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

5 from 12 votes

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!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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,

    1. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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. 🙂

    1. 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:)

  6. 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!.

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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!