Italian Zucchini Boats

Beefy Italian Zucchini Boats

 

I just realized I’ve got a theme going here lately.  Stuffed Peppers, Stuffed Mushrooms, and now Stuffed Zucchini.  But this is the time for zucchini boats!  As spring arrives, I’m now finding large zucchinis, perfect for filling. 

Cuisine

Italian

Serves

4

Dish Type

One Pot

Time

40

 

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchinis, large enough to hollow out and stuff
  • 1 onion Finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan, mozzarella, or Italian cheese of your choice

 Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce in a large baking dish.
  • Make the zucchini boats. Cut ends off the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving about 1/4-1/2 inch shell. Place flesh side up in glass baking dish.
  • Prepare a sauté pan with cooking spray and heat to medium.
  • Add in onion and ground beef. Cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and remaining pasta sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Stuff the zucchini boats with the beef mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes until zucchini is cooked through, but still has some firmness.

 Zucchini!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking dish by pouring 1/2 cup pasta sauce in the bottom.

Zucchini, sliced and hollowed out, ready for stuffing!

Cut ends off the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, melon baller, or other similar tool, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves.  Leave a bit of a shell, do don’t need to empty it to the skin.  Put open side up in baking dish.

Italian inspired stuffing for the zucchini boats.

Spray a sauté pan with cooking spray and heat to medium.  Add onion and ground beef, cooking until browned, about 4 – 5 minutes.  Drain the fat from the meat.  Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and remaining pasta sauce. Stir to combine.

Boats stuffed with beefy Italian mix, ready for the oven.

Stuff the zucchini boats with the beef mixture.  Cover pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

boats with optional added cheese.  I used from shredded Parmesan.

If adding cheese, remove from oven, sprinkle cheese over top and return to oven for additional five minutes.  If not using cheese, allow zucchinis to cook undisturbed for full 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

The is recipe appears in the meal plans for Whole 30, Simple Balance, and Quick and Easy for the week of April 19, 2019.

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