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Beef-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
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Beef-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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For a change of pace, substitute your favorite barbecue sauce for the marinara in this stuffed zucchini recipe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • Additional marinara or spaghetti sauce

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed zucchini halves (calculated without additional sauce) equals 394 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 134 mg cholesterol, 602 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; cut a thin slice from the bottom of each with a sharp knife to allow zucchini to sit flat. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells.
  2. Place shells in an ungreased 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in the marinara sauce, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 cup into each shell. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Microwave 3-4 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted into filling reads 160° and zucchini are tender. Serve with additional marinara sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Beef-Stuffed Zucchini in Simple & Delicious July/August 2008, p6

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed zucchini halves (calculated without additional sauce) equals 394 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 134 mg cholesterol, 602 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"Good recipe. I tried something similar just left out the spagetti sauce and added chorizo instead of beef. Soooo good."

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Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"Everyone really enjoyed this. I used a garlic marinara sauce for the sauce. and 17% fat beef for the meat. I microwaved the zuchinni for the initial step and then put them on the oven top rack at 400F for ~15 minutes for final step. I cooked them in the oven til the center of the zuchinni stuffing was around 175F.

Turned out great and would definitely make it again."

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Delicious! We use the zucchini out of our garden and my husband and I eat every bite!"

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Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"Delicious, easy, & a great way to get more veggies."

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Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"I made the Beef Stuffed Zucchini yesterday and it is a great recipe. I did make some changes to fit our tastes. I used a pound of ground turkey instead of the beef, cooked the pulp from the zucchini with the turkey and onions, used Ragu pasta sauce instead of the marinara sauce and baked the stuffed zucchini shells in a 13x9 inch baking dish covered with foil for 45 minutes at 350. They turned out super! I will made these again."

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