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Stuffed Zucchini

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.

Makes

8 servings

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
Stuffed Zucchini Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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 large 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 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine first 11 ingredients and 1 can of the tomato sauce; mix well. Stir in tomatoes. Halve zucchini lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Fill with meat mixture; place in two 13x9-in. baking dishes. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over each.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 375° until the zucchini is tender, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese during the last few minutes of baking.

Nutrition Facts

1 zucchini half: 294 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 831mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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