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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 each: 394 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g 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


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nicki1966
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"Very tasty....simple to prepare, I will make them again!"

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momio
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"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!"

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sstetzel
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"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 browned
Hope that helps!
Sue Stetzel
Online Community Manager
Taste of Home Magazine"

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July_Rhonda
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"Can you update this for those (yes there are many) who choose not to use microwave ovens."

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angela32
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"I made this recently and they were really good. A great way to use the abundance of zucchini from the garden."

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boisegrams
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"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!"

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pols005
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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cbenne12
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

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

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janeirv
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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Jodyand joe
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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