Beef-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
Beef-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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 Oct. 3, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"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!!"

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Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I used ground turkey and they were very good."

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Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"This was reallay quick and good. I cooked the pulp and added back in to meat mixure"

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