Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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Fresh ingredients are the key to great cooking. Like most gardeners, I'm terrific at growing zucchini. It comes in handy when I reach for this recipe, which is a longtime favorite.—Warren Knudtson, Las Vegas, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:4-5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 4-5 servings


  • 4 medium zucchini (6 to 7 inches)
  • 1/2 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 201 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Place, cut side down, in a large skillet; add 1/2 in. of water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until zucchini are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove zucchini and drain water. In the same skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic until sausage is browned; drain fat. Add oregano, corn and tomato. Cook and stir until heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in 2/3 cup cheese; set aside. Scoop out and discard seeds from zucchini. Divide the sausage mixture among zucchini shells. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4-5 servings.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p47

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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cabtaylor User ID: 6951134 4005
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"This was a great no-carb recipe.

I made a few changes:
no cheddar cheese. Instead, I used 1/4c parmesan cheese in the mix and a little on top when baking.
No corn (I don?t like corn cooked in my food).
I added 1/2c tomato sauce and instead of ditching the zucchini seeds and insides, I blended them up in the food processor and added them to the sausage mix.
My husband and I loved this. The kids: not so much."

Brookie124 User ID: 4335468 3984
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Can't wait to make this dish again! Got rave reviews all around. The cheddar cheese is a nice touch."

magnetqueen User ID: 1233025 199036
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2008

"thanks- looks yummy"

chrissy9733 User ID: 2532498 3528
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2008

"What a fantastic dish! Everyone LOVED it... even my non veggie eating husband!"

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