- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, onion and zucchini pulp 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.
- 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.
Reviews for Beef-Stuffed Zucchini
"Nice change. My husband said it's a keeper. I did go the conventional route rather than microwave and boiled the zucchini shells for a couple minutes. After filling them I put them under the broiler for 4-5 minutes as suggested by sstetzel. Turned out great!"
"made this recipe today, I added the pulp zucchini, however the recipe does not tell you what to do with. am I missing something"
"I've made this dinner a few times now, sometimes with bell peppers instead of zucchini, and it's always a hit. Pretty impressive, since two of my food critics are young kids. My husband and I are also pleased with the low calorie count."
"To make it low-carb for my husband, I left out the egg and breadcrumbs and used taco seasoning instead of spaghetti sauce. We called them Mexican zucchini cheese boats! :D"
"This is a tasty recipe to help use up an abundance of zucchini. I added some chopped garlic to the beef mixture and baked them in the oven to finish."
"Very tasty....simple to prepare, I will make them again!"
"They were good! I've made recipes very much like this so I decided to try salsa instead of marinara because it's not my husband's favorite. It was a good substitution!"
"Hi July_Rhonda,If you wanted to do these conventionally you'd place zucchini shells in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.Then fill shells with the beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 3-4 minutes or until lightly brownedHope that helps!Sue StetzelOnline Community ManagerTaste of Home Magazine"
"Can you update this for those (yes there are many) who choose not to use microwave ovens."
"I made this recently and they were really good. A great way to use the abundance of zucchini from the garden."