Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats


I first made zucchini boats by myself when I was 12 or 13. It was one of the first recipes that I made on my own, without help. My original recipe was from one of my mom’s friends, and although it’s been lost over the years, it involved lots of vegetables, a little meat and corn flakes on the top for added crunch. Over the years, I’ve made lots of different versions of zucchini boats. This is my latest version. I used Italian sausage and vegetables and lots of cheese.

I added this recipe, along with 5 more zucchini recipes at You can find my Summer Zucchini Recipes there. I’ve got zucchini pizza, chips, salad and even brownies. These recipes are a great way to use up all your garden fresh fresh zucchini.

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Yield: Serves 4

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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4 large zucchini, halved and insides scooped out
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
2 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzerlla cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Preheat a large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add ground sausage, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender and meat has browned.
Add chopped tomatoes, salt and herbs. Add both cheeses and mix until just combined and remove from heat.
Stuff zucchini boats and place in a baking dish. Fill baking dish with enough water so about 1/8 - 1/4 of the zucchini are submerged. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

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  21 Responses to “Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

  1. Belinda @zomppa โ€” September 1, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh, these are delightful! So colorful and creative.

  2. kim โ€” September 1, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

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  3. Sommer Collier โ€” September 1, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

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  6. Paula - bell'alimento โ€” September 2, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    I’m a big fan of zucchini! These zucchini boats look wonderful!

  7. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} โ€” September 2, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Those look great! I have so many zucchini in my garden and these would definitely be winners for dinner!

  8. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes โ€” September 2, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I made almost this same dish last night for dinner A great way to use up zucchini.

  9. Foodierama โ€” September 2, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats #foodie

  10. Maria โ€” September 2, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Great way to use up the zucchini!

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  13. Cookin' Canuck โ€” September 3, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Zucchini boats are one of our favorite dishes to make near the end of the summer. Your version looks wonderful!

  14. Marla โ€” September 4, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    The zuke boats are a really fun idea Angie. I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today.

  15. Denise @ Creative Kitchen โ€” September 4, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Zucchini has become one of my new favorite vegetables! These zucchini boats look incredible Angie!

  16. Carrie โ€” September 6, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Beautiful photo and recipe! I have made Mexican/taco-stuffed zucchini before, but I’d love to try the Italian spin, too. Sounds fantastic.

  17. Kristen โ€” September 6, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    We love zucchini but I’ve never made zucchini boats. What a great idea! They look delicious, Angie.

  18. Monet โ€” September 7, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    I love those recipes we learn as young ones. They are always the best! Thanks for sharing with me. My breakfast tastes a bit better as I imagine how tasty these boats must be! I hope you are having a beautiful day.

  19. Elizabeth โ€” September 15, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I love Zucchini and stuffed with the extras I am in Zucchini Heaven

  20. Cheryl W. โ€” October 20, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I must look like a dork because I am over here at my desk clapping. I finally found a recipe to try with the gorgeous zucchini I got from the farmers market this weekend. I am adding this to my Tablespoon recipes.

  21. Connie โ€” November 6, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    Just made these and they are delicious! Thanks for the share!

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