Beef-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
- 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
- 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, 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.
- 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.
2 each: 394 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein.
Reviews for Beef-Stuffed Zucchini
"This recipe was great. I added a bit of minced garlic in while cooking the ground beef. Very tasty.To ALL who said the recipe didn't say what to do with the pulp - review the directions. It clearly states what to do with it....... Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, onion and zucchini pulp over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain."
"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."
"Made this recipe tonight. It was so quick and easy. . . exactly as written. My boyfriend just loved it. I think I will try it again with some Italian sausage, but we really enjoyed it with the hamburger, too. Thanks for sharing!"
"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."
"Unbelievable! These are so amazing! I will be making these for years to come!"
"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."
"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!"
"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"
"Good recipe. I tried something similar just left out the spagetti sauce and added chorizo instead of beef. Soooo good."
"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."
"Delicious! We use the zucchini out of our garden and my husband and I eat every bite!"
"Delicious, easy, & a great way to get more veggies."
"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."
"These were delicious! I did lightly salt the zucchini before filling and baked at 350 for 40 minutes versus microwaving. Will definitely make again."
"We really enjoyed this recipe."
"This was a fun recipe. Seasoning the zucchini as suggested by another reviewer probably would have improved the flavor - the meat sauce and cheese were good and went well together though."
"Excellent. Can be made in quantity & frozen. Really Good"
"easy to prepare. Taste fresh and delicious. I decided to bake instead of microwave and it turned out great. Even my 3 year old twins loved it."
"A bit bland. But my 3 year old finally ate zuchhini so that is a plus. The overall mixture was bland and a bit sweet. In my second batch I sprinkled zucchini with sea salt which helped improve the flavor. Too much microwaving - overcooked zucchini. I think baking may be a nice option - will try once more before I give up on this one."
"My family really liked this dish, what a great way to use up Zucchini! I am giving it 4 stars because it is high in fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Go with a low-fat cheese, reduce the amount of cheese in the recipe or, skip it completely and you would have a much healthier dish. We cooked it in the oven at 350 degrees, our microwave doesn't cook very well."
"This recipe is easy and pretty good. I have trouble using up zucchini and this recipe does the trick. Used bertolli garlic and oil sauce and served with garlic toast. Will make again."
"Our garden is full of zucchini so I am always looking for new recipes. Even my grandchildren liked this one. I only had HUGE zucchinis, but it worked well. I cut it in half length-wise, scooped out the middle and then cut it in serving-size sections.I used chopped turkey instead of ground turkey. Any leftover meat would do.BBQ sauce worked great!!"
"I used ground turkey and they were very good."
"This was reallay quick and good. I cooked the pulp and added back in to meat mixure"
"This was kind of bland to us. Next time, I'll use half burger and half Italian sausage."
"Good but not my favorite"
"I make this following the recipe exactly most of the time and it is wonderful. It freezes well too. Place leftover baked stuffed zucchini in freezer containers. Then wrap in freezer paper and freeze (they will keep longer if wrapped). I defrost overnight in refrigerator and bake in oven if I have the time. Otherwise I use the microwave. Also, you can freeze the unstuffed zucchini after microwaving. I immediately put the hot squash in ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and wrap individually before placing in a freezer bag. Take out as many as you need when you need them."
"For a change in flavor, substitute Italian sausage (mild or hot) for the ground beef."
"I loved this recipe but I altered it a bit to suit my family. I prepared a box of stuffing mix, added the scooped pulp to it then spooned it all back into the shells, topped with cheese & marinara sauce & baked at 350* for 30 mins. until zucchini was tender & cheese was melted."
"I make this with ground turkey, a can of rotel (chopped tomatoes and green chili) and used low fat mozzarella. Delish.."
"Been making these for years."
"It wasn't bad, but this won't be seeing a re-appearance. My husband & I didn't care for the textures together."
"This is one of my family's favorite dishes. We prefer it with sausage instead of beef."
"I made these last night to go with grilled chicken. I used gr. pork & seasoned the meat with fennel, italian seasoning,( to make it taste like italan sausage ). I also chopped the zuke pulp and added to the meat mixture. My husband & I really liked it, I used 3 various sizes so ended with 6 boats, honey eat 3 I eat one froze the remainder for lunch tomorrow. I have also made eggplant with these ingredients, will definitly make these again. Oh I did use the microwave them to soften them, but put them under the broiler to melt & brown the cheese. YUMMO!"
"I used mozzarella cheese instead of Monterey jack and left more than 1/4 inch of the zucchini. Was delish!"
"Great thing to do with ground venison, too!!"
"Very easy to make. The whole family liked it! Like some of the other reviewers I added some of the zucchini to the hamburger mixture."
"I have been using this recipe for eggplant but no egg. cube the eggplant saute it----delicious---use any meat you like a winner."
"Like this a lot. Have made it before (almost), using italian sausage instead of beef and adding 1 tsp italian seasoning."
"I don't like to throw away food, so I chopped up the scooped out zucchini and cooked it with the meat."
"I'm always looking for new ways to use up my bounty of zucchini, and this recipe is a winner! Thanks for sharing!Dutchcook1949"
"After cutting the zucchini in half, I scooped out the zucchini, left just enough around the skin to hold it together. I then cut the scooped out zucchini into cubes and browned it in the skillet with the meat and onion. I filled the shells with the mixture then continued with the written instructions. I also substituted cubed ham for the ground beef. Delicious!"
"zucchini is grown here by the bushel and everyone islookingfor new and different ways to prepare it. this recipe fill that need nicely.i made it for friends and they were really impressed with it and how easy it is to make. i had several requests for the recipe.many commented that itwas a great budget stretcher and they planned to make it at home for their family. you could even use a homemade marinara sauace to improve the flavor"
"I have been making this for years but when I scoop out the zucchini, I cook it along with the beef ( I like sausage better). Never waste that great zucchini!"
"Altho I found this recipe to be very tasty, I still favor one that I make with cream cheese and ground beef and parmesan cheese. Gail Borczyk Field Editor"
"I want to try these and review...but first I have a question. There are only two of us so do they freeze well? Would you freeze them before microwaving and then take them out as you are going to use them and microwave? That is what I think I would will try but wondering if anyone else has already done this?"
"I made these tonight, but used ground turkey, cheddar cheese, italian seasoning and fresh garlic. I will definitely make them again."
"This was good but I have a sausage stuffed zucchini recipe that is more to my liking. If you have not make one with sausage then try this because it is good. I also usually do mine in a water bath in the oven. Both works though."
"So quick, so easy, and so good! I wasnt sure how I would feel about these but they were fabulous! I added petite diced tomatoes. The zucchini meshed so perfectly I served as a dinner side dish (I used small zucchini from the farmers market), my husband and I love them!"
"Unlike some other reviewers, I really loved how this recipe uses a microwave so you don't have to heat up the whole kitchen. I used some basil chicken sausage instead of the ground beef and it was perfect! New summer favorite!"
"Loved this recipe. As some of the others did, I used the oven to finish up because (1) I like a toasty crust of cheese, (2) I've never used the microwave to "bake." Mine isn't 1,100 watts. Perhaps I will try the microwave next time to see what happens."
"Hubby loved it, will make again"
"Absolutely loved this. May add garlic next time."
"MY KIDS ONLY ATE THE FILLING, BUT THEY LOVED IT! I COOKED IT ALL IN THE OVEN,NOT THE MICROWAVE. I ALSO ADDED OREGANO AND DRIED BASIL AND GARLIC.THE KIDS WANT IT AGAIN (FOR THE FILLING!) SO I WILL MAKE IT AGAIN."
"MY KIDS ONLY ATE THE FILLING, BUT THEY LOVED IT! I COOKED IT ALL IN THE OVEN,NOT THE MICROWAVE. I ALSO ADDED OREGANO AND DRIED BASIL AND GARLIC.THE KIDS WANT IT AGAIN (FOR THE FILLING!) SO I WILL MAKE IT AGAIN."
"I made this recipe with the following changes: I used 6 small yellow squash in place of zucchini, and instead of microwaving for the final step, put in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes (it worked better with my meal timing). Good weeknight recipe with lots of room for easy variations."
"One of my favorites!!!"
"Really good! A filling dinner but not full of starch, we just loved it. I cut up the zucchini pulp and fried it with the beef and onions, added some herbs, otherwise did the recipe as stated. Very yummy, and quick! We're having the other half of the recipe tomorrow night, can't wait :)"
"** Added 1/4 CUP mild diced tomatoes w/ green chiles. Also did bake it at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes after the microwave to "toast" the cheese some. Was fantastic!"
"Absolutely delicious. My husband ate 4 of the halves and demanded to have the leftovers for lunch the next day! I added 1/4 mild diced tomatoes w/ green chiles and seasoned the beef with basil, oregano, garlic pepper, and parsley before cooking it. This will be a regular meal for us now!"
"Tried it the last two summers & we loved it.Will be making it again this summer."
"My husband and I loved these! I used pork sausage crumbles (from a freezer bag) and Newman's sausage spagetti sauce, to save time. They were both really good in this recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us!"
"So fast and delicious! I've made it with both hot sausage and ground beef; it is good either way. My children liked this too."
"these were very easy to make. The only things I did different were I used pizza sauce instead of spaghettie sauce and bakes them in the oven at 350 degrees. I did microwave the zucchini shells as directed. This is the second time I've made thses and will make them again. Yum!!!!"
"Easy to put together, and very delicious. I just added minced garlic to the onions and ground beef. Will make again."
"Thought this was really easy and tasty for summer produce."
"I used ground venison, added some rice and a "kicked" up version of homemade marinara sauce. Also used the scooped out zucchini chopped into little chunks. Smoked Gouda is perfect."
"The pulp that was scooped out of the zucchini should be chopped and added to the hamburger/onion mixture."
"This is very good. I only had a small piece of Jack cheese, so added Mozzerella and Parmesan, and used the Mozz/Parm on top. Used a good spicy spaghetti sauce. Turned out great."
"This was really good. Not as leftovers though."
"When the man who does not like cooked zucchini says it is fantastic, that says a LOT."
"Fantastic! Made a few slight changes by adding some rice and Italian sausage as suggested by others. Very tasty and easy to prepare. Definitely a keeper."
"I added 1/4 pound spicy sausage and took out 1/4 pound hamburger. I added 1 tsp of pampered chef italian seasoning. I was apprehensive like one of the other reviewers, but really liked it!"
"we really like this recipe and it has become a family favorite that we look forward to often. LOVE IT :)"
"I was a little apprehensive about a recipe that used the microwave so much but this turned out great, re-heated beautifully the next day as well."
"Subbed Italian sausage and increased the amount of spaghetti sauce. Delicious!"
"This is a great way to get the kids to eat veggies! I substituted turkey for the beef and used cheddar. Quick, I'll make it again."
"My daughter and I enjoyed this very much. I added some garlic and used a sausage based sauce which may be why I didn't see it as bland."
"This was good but I made a few changes. I used seasoned ground turkey instead of hamburger and added cooked rice that I had in the fridge already. I halved 3 large zucchinis, removed the seeds, then mixed all of the other ingredients together (raw meat included) and stuffed the zucchini, topped with a little more marinara sauce, then baked them at 375 for about 45 minutes. I then topped with mozzarella cheese and baked a couple minutes more. Next time I'd add fresh garlic."
"Super quick and easy ! my family loved them!! Will make again"
"Love this! Great way to use a larger zucchini. Sometimes I use diced tomatoes with green chilis instead of the marinara for a "kick". I agree that it needs to go in the oven to brown the cheese."
"This is much better using ground pork sausage or Jimmy Dean sausage, add fresh garlic, lots of cheese on top, onion, Montery jack, etc.."
"Excellent, fast and easy! I added some instant rice to the hamburg also. Will definitely be making this again!"
"I have used this recipe several times. I use a can of diced tomatoes with basil and garlic and oregano and a can of tomatoe sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano. I have also made it with italian sausage. I have tried so many variations and they have all been excelent. I brown the cheese in the oven."
"I would add fresh chopped garlic,parsley,golden raisins,pine nuts and basil- then top with smoked mozzarella"
"I have made this several times and it always comes out great! I always make extra and it reheats in the microwave for a second meal 2-3 days later."
"I'm considering using a little garlic, ground Pork and Spanish Rice for a different taste and kick it up a bit."
"This is very bland. I put it in my recipe box, but just removed it. It needs alot of something! Maybe like one cook said, use sausage? There is NO need to microwave the zucchini first. They fall apart."
"Very good recipe, I did bake mine and added a few more spices. I think I will try turkey to make a leaner version next time.."
"for a meatless version, use cornbread stuffing and fresh basil. drizzle olive oil on zucchini before microwaving, top w cheese and then toast in toaster oven."
"I have made this several times. Love the fact that it is microwavable ~ no oven on in the summer!We look forward to this dish every year, using garden zucchini.~YUMMY!~"
"I love zucchini and tow things I would do different is cook the hamburger and ingredients withe it also in the microwave also the pulp of the zucchini as it will pick up any flavor you put it with. Besides it's good for you. aljens."
"Not sensational, but I would make it again with some variations to try and liven it up a bit."
"Super yummy! The meat mixture is wonderful and with the fresh taste of zucchini it is a big hit for me and my family! We loved it!"
"Super easy and good. Can also use the filling recipe in pasta shells, which turned out yummy too."
"Stuffed zucchini is really best with ground pork. Mixed with the other things is really great! Could use Jimmy Dean ground sausage. You could leave out the marinara, and use mushrooms, onions, garlic and parmesean cheese! Or Jack cheese! Try, you will like!"
"Very quick and very good."
"I will make this over and over again, as long as the Zucchini is available. I try'd it with some left-over cut up chicken tonight, what a treat. In the hot summer it is quick to make in the microwave without heating up the house using the oven, and during cooler days in the oven maybe with some lean hamburger or turkey. One could even add some pre-cooked rice with it. Lots of variations for this recipe, and it tastes great."
"This recipe is a keeper. My husband and son both said it was very good. I enjoyed it too."
"That would be very good too resm2007 and very healthy!!!"
"I think I will try it with ground turkey, as the calorie and cholesterol figures are so high! But it sounds good and there's a ton of zucchini out now."
"I made this in the oven,baked at 350 for 45 min.and came out great!!!Did the meat in frying pan and stuffed the zucchini boats and baked.All kinds of different ways to make these boats,anything works!!"
"Need directions for regular oven instead of microwave. Sounds so yummy!Ruth"
"Very good, will go into regular recipe rotation. Quick and easy."
"My husband and I loved this recipe!!! It was also fun to make together!!!"
"Excellent recipee!!! The best Zucchini ever. I have had so many comments, even from a lady that hates zucchini. Thanks for the recipee.Jim Henry"
"Great recipe!! I added a little garlic when I sauteed the beef & onions. Bet this would be good with sausage as well."