Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats are filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes. They are a delish go-to healthy dinner idea.

Zucchini boats are flavorful, low-carb and have so many amazing variations. Topped with cheese, parsley and bread crumbs, you can’t go wrong with this zucchini dish.

For more zucchini recipes, check out our: Fried Zucchini, Zucchini Tots or Zucchini Casserole.

Zucchini Boats in dish

Stuffed Zucchini

We found another dinner recipe we love!!!

Recently, the hubby and I have been trying to eat a little better and have been increasing the amount of protein and veggies we eat while attempting to lessen the amount of carbs we have.

We’ve always loved Zucchini (hello, Fried Zucchini and Parmesan Zucchini) but had it more as a side dish. We wanted to try making Stuffed Zucchini Boats to make it more of a dinner idea and used Italian sausage and traditional Ragu sauce, and it was amazing!

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 dinner recipe that I will definitely be adding to the rotation!

How to Make Zucchini Boats scooped out on a glass dish

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These Stuffed Zucchini Boats are easy to make but take just a little bit of time.

SCOOP. Spoon out the interior flesh from each zucchini (leave skin on). Be sure to keep this because we’ll need it to fill the boats later.

FILLING. Cook up sausage in a medium pan with olive oil. Add your spices, the zucchini flesh (that was scooped out) and tomatoes.

BAKE. 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!

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini ingredients in a skillet

Variations + Storing Tips

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.

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

Let cool slightly and then place in freezer safe container or bag and FREEZE. You can keep this in the freezer for up to 1 month.

When you are ready to cook it, place in fridge overnight to thaw and then reheat. You need to be careful because zucchini can get mushy when frozen, so we don’t do this too often.

This can be REHEATED in the microwave, but we like to reheat in the oven by heating it through and often broiling for the last minute or two since zucchini tends to get mushy.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats in a glass dish

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Zucchini Boats Recipe

4.92 from 24 votes
Stuffed Zucchini Boats are filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes. They are a delish go-to healthy dinner idea.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 278 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 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 and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella shaved
  • 1/4 breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped (or basil)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Scoop out the interior flesh from the zucchini using a spoon and set aside (do not throw away). Place zucchinis in 9×13 pan.
  • 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.
  • Spoon this mixture into each zucchini boat. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheeses and bake for 20-22 minutes. ENJOY!

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

  3. 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!

    2. 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!

  4. 5 stars
    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

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Any suggestions on what to do with the middle of the zucchini with this mean instead of throwing it out?

    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:)

  8. 5 stars
    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!.

  9. 5 stars
    These are so easy and delicious! I really want to eat 2 boats, but I will let it settle before I decide! ????

  10. 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?

  11. 5 stars
    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!

  12. 5 stars
    I followed the suggestion to add spaghetti sauce to my meat. I really loved how it turned out. So delicious!

  13. Can you make this ahead of time and put in REFRIGERATOR before baking? I would like to make it and take it to my daughters for them to have an easy dinner. New baby in the house….

  14. 3 stars
    I have not cooked this yet but thank you for EXPLAINING what to dO with the scooped Zucchini & that the skins can be eaten also. ManY recipes leave these facts out. Also, the other ways to cook it w/other meAts & spices.

  15. I tried your , I think it was some kind of chicken with mayo? anyway I have tried your recipes before and they are delicious. I like your down to earth personality too. I am going to try the zucchini boats today. thanks

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe was great! We used chilli infused olive oil, hot Italian sausage and tomatoes from the garden. We had cheddar cheese so that went on top. It was delicious!

  17. I have tried many zucchini boat recipes, well one other.. lol.. and this was was so much better than the last one. My husband loved it. I added plenty of salt and pepper and garlic. Delicious. loved how the topping came out. I put mine in the oven for 22 minutes and the rind was pleasantly edible. Give it a try 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this zucchini boats recipe! Super easy to make and tasted so flavorful! Will surely make this again! Fam really loves it!

  19. 5 stars
    I love this lower carb option for a meal! Zucchini with just about anything is delicious, and these don’t disappoint!