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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 Aug. 9, 2015

"This was good. I chopped up the scooped out zucchini as others did, and put it in with the "meat" mixture (I used Morning Star Crumbles). One recommendation, I would salt the zucchini next time before filling it."

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Unbelievable! These are so amazing! I will be making these for years to come!"

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Reviewed Jul. 25, 2015

"Very good! I did half with spaghetti sauce and half with BBQ sauce. Both just as good. I added the chopped up pulp to the meat mixture."

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"This was great and quick! We Did the final melt out on the grill to prevent warming up the house. Already shared with coworkers and friends!"

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015

"this recipe didnt tell you what to do with the pulp...... so i added it to the ground beef and sauted it a little made it so much better"

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