Stuffed Zucchini Recipe
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Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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An abundance of squash from my garden inspired me to make up this Stuffed Zucchini recipe, which is now a favorite. —Marjorie Roberts, West Chazy, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce, divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 4 to 5 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 221 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine first 11 ingredients and one can of the tomato sauce; mix well. Stir in tomatoes. Halve zucchini lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Fill with meat mixture; place in two 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over each.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Sprinkle with cheese during the last few minutes of baking. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Stuffed Zucchini in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p17

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Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"I made this without the jalapeno but everything else was the same. Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"My sister made these and they were a hit. I adapted them with garlic, mushrooms and fresh corn off the cob and used yellow zucchini and will definitely make these again!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"This was a great fresh recipe....nice change for the zucchini!"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"Delicious recipe! Tried this for dinner tonight and it was very yum... didn't add the jalapenos, and added more salt. Forgot the cheese at the end but it was fine without it."

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