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Beef-Stuffed Zucchini


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup 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.

Nutrition Facts

2 stuffed zucchini halves: 394 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein.


Average Rating:
  • gunslinger
    Jun 27, 2018
    I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! Very easy and quick to prepare!
  • carolirene
    Sep 19, 2017

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were a hit! I used Taco sauce instead of the marinara sauce and for the last step I sprinkled them with the cheese and some broken corn chips before popping them back in the oven. I'll make these again!

  • kamrygirl2000
    Sep 13, 2017

    Made tonight for dinner..added green pepper an use dices tomatoes an Rotella some mozzarella cheese. Was good an will do again.. put extra burger around zucchini shells

  • andreastacey
    Nov 3, 2016

    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.

  • rmbarr059
    Sep 27, 2016

    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!

  • mar6534
    Dec 31, 1969

    made this recipe today, I added the pulp zucchini, however the recipe does not tell you what to do with. am I missing something

  • gdubmom
    Aug 11, 2016

    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.

  • oceanlover2810
    Aug 11, 2016

    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

  • JCV4
    Aug 8, 2016

    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.

  • nicki1966
    Feb 27, 2016

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

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