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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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These Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats are not only easy to make, but they are also a nice low-carb dinner idea for summer. Baked Zucchini boats are also a great way to use up that zucchini crop that all seems to come in at once.

This recipe for stuffed zucchini with ground beef, marinated in a tomato-based sauce, and topped with cheese.   You can use leftover spaghetti sauce on zucchini too!

zucchini boat recipe

Why This Recipe

Hello Friends! I am sitting here waiting for the cloud cover to dissipate. Some summer mornings we get clouds off the coast and it takes a while for the sun to come out. It’s times like these when I love to write my recipes. 

I made these Zucchini Boats a few days ago and wanted to share it with you today. If you are looking for ooking for a tasty meal to put together quickly, this recipe fits the bill.

I have been trying to make a few healthy meals here and there and what I love about this recipe, is that it is full of vitamins and does not contain a lot of carbs. These baked zucchini boats are delicious and flavorful!

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

What I also love about this Zucchini Boat recipe is that it does not take a lot of time. Ready in about 30 minutes so you don’t need a ton of prep time. 

Ingredients for Zucchini Boats

Zucchini – This recipe is for a traditional sized zucchini that you would find at most markets. If you are using homegrown, the squash may be larger and require more cooking time. 

Sauce – This recipe uses a quick tomato-based homemade sauce. You can use a bottled sauce instead if you wish. 

Cheese – I use whatever cheese I have on hand – Cheddar and Mozzarella or a Mozerella and Parmesan blend all work well.  

Variations on this recipe.

You can use a jarred pizza sauce for Pizza-flavored Zucchini boats. 

stuffed zucchini boats


How to make stuffed zucchini boats

stuffed zucchini boats

how to make stuffed zucchini boats

The full recipe follows, but here is a quick overview of the steps.

  1. Spoon out zucchini.
  2. Chop up zucchini that you removed.
  3. Ground beef in a pan with chopped zucchini.
  4. Add tomato sauce and tomatoes.
  5. Spoon into boats.
  6. Add cheese and bake. 

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stuffed zucchini boats recipe

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

stuffed zucchini boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats are not only easy to make, but they are also a nice low-carb dinner idea for summer.


  • 3 zucchini
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Grease a 13" x 9 " baking pan.
  3. Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise and scoop out zucchini, leaving about 1/2 " of skin. Chop up the scooped zucchini and set aside. Place scooped "boats" into a baking pan.
  4. In a skillet over medium, heat onions, and ground beef until beef is browned.
  5. Drain meat and add tomato sauce, chopped tomato, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
  6. To the skillet, add chopped zucchini.
  7. Cook items in skillet 4-5 minutes.
  8. Spoon cooked ground beef mixture into the "boats"
  9. Top each boat with cheese.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.
timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • You can use meat sauce in place of the ground beef mixture. Just top zucchini boats with meat sauce and cheese and bake according to the recipe. 
  • You can freeze zucchini boats in a freezer-safe sealed container for a quicker meal the following week.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can use pre-shredded cheese for this recipe. 

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Saturday 24th of July 2021

[…] Zucchini Boats.  Made with ground beef, a tomato-based sauce, and cheese, these are delicious and flavorful! […]


Friday 23rd of July 2021

Oh yum! This is a perfect summer dinner. I bet my family will love this. I'm saving the recipe! ;)


Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Loved these! They were easy to make and tasted great. Will definitely make again!


Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I really enjoy these zucchini boats. They're so delicious and a life saver when I run out of time.


Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Thanks a lot for sharing this zucchini boats recipe! Will surely have this one again, really easy to make and tasted amazing!


Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Thank you! Great to hear Allyssa!

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