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ITALIAN ZUCCHINI BOATS

Quick and easy Italian Zucchini Boats are perfect for an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love 

These Italian Zucchini Boats are great for a low-carb diet using a low carb marinara sauce. A perfect solution for a great-tasting healthier meal.

Weeknight meals don’t get more scrumptious than these Italian zucchini boats are a go-to easy recipe we seem to eat at least once every week or two.  They are perfect for a low carb diet and incredibly flavorful.  Everyone loves them because they taste terrific.

You could use a pizza cheese or Mozzarella cheese or any combination of cheeses.  The Italian ground sausage adds tons more flavor, but for a healthier recipe, you could use ground turkey. 

Carbs In This Recipe

These zucchini boats are full of flavors with low carb Tomato Basil Sauce made by Rao’s. Rao’s has four carbohydrates per 1/2 cup. You only need a couple of tablespoons of sauce per chicken breast.

Ground Turkey

To make this recipe even healthier, use ground turkey. I use ground turkey sometimes myself but always add a little extra Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Ground turkey has no taste.  You have to kick it up a lot more than sausage, especially Italian sausage. 

If you like using Italian sausage, be sure to check out my SAUSAGE MUSHROOM ALFREDO,  Tortellini Alfredo Spinach & Sausage, and SLOW COOKER ITALIAN SAUSAGE GREEN BEANS POTATOES.

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Quick And Easy Italian Zucchini Boats Are Perfect For An Easy Weeknight Meal The Whole Family Will Love
Quick And Easy Italian Zucchini Boats Are Perfect For An Easy Weeknight Meal The Whole Family Will Love

First Step:

  • Preheat oven to 400 hundred degrees.
  • Spray two 9×13 baking dishes with a cooking spray.

Second Step: Brown Sausage for Italian Zucchini Boats

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground Italian sausage.

Tip:

  • You can use ground beef, regular sausage, or even ground turkey.  If using any of these meats but especially ground turkey, do not be afraid to add additional spices.  Turkey is super bland and needs lots of additional seasonings.

Third Step: Chop Onion

  • Using a mini food processor or a knife, mince or chop the onion in tiny pieces.

Fourth Step: Add the Onion and Seasonings

  • After browning the Italian sausage, add the minced onion.
  • Next, add the seasonings including, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.

Fifth Step: Marinara

  • Stir in the Marinara Sauce.  If you are watching your carbs, I have found the best low carb spaghetti sauce is Rao’s.  It is only two carbs in a half of cup and tastes delicious.
  • After stirring in the Marinara sauce, add the Mozzarella or Pizza cheese plus the Parmesan cheese.

Six-Step: Prepare Zucchini

  • Wash and cut the ends off the Zucchini.
  • Slice the zucchini in half horizontally and scoop out the center and seeds with a small spoon.
  • Add the Zucchini to the baking dishes.
  • After adding the Zucchini to the baking dishes, fill each one with the Italian sausage filling.

Seventh Step: Top Each Zucchini Boat with Cheeses

  • Top the filling with the additional Mozzarella or Pizza cheese plus Parmesan cheese.

Eight Step:  Bake Italian Zucchini Boats Covered With Foil

  • With the baking dishes covered with foil, bake for 40 minutes.  This will depend on how thick your zucchini are.  Remove the foil and check for a tender zucchini after 30 minutes.
  • If you are in a hurry, precook your zucchini in the microwave until fork tender before stuffing them with Italian meat filling.
  • Before removing the zucchini from the oven, stick a fork in them.  The fork should go easily into each zucchini boat.

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ITALIAN ZUCCHINI BOATS

Italian Zucchini Boats are perfect for Spring and Summer dinners.  These Italian Zucchini Boats are perfect for a Keto, low carb, a diet using a low carb marinara sauce.


Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: beef, entree, Main Course
Cuisine: America, Italian, Italian/American
Keyword: easy recipe, Italian Zucchini boats, keto, keto recipe, zucchini boats
Servings: 12
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Diane Roark

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 baking dish

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 hundred degrees.
  • Spray two 9×13 baking dishes with a cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground Italian sausage.
  • Using a mini food processor or a knife, mince or chop the onion.
  • After browning the Italian sausage, add the minced onion.
  • Next, add the seasonings including, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.
  • Stir in the Marinara Sauce.  If you want to keep the recipe low carb, I have found the best low carb spaghetti sauce is Rao’s.  It is only two carbs in a half of cup and tastes delicious.
  • After stirring in the Marinara sauce, add the Mozzarella or Pizza cheese plus the Parmesan cheese.
  • Wash and cut the ends off the Zucchini.
  • Slice the Zucchini in half horizontally and scoop out the center and seeds with a small spoon.
  • Add the Zucchini to the baking dishes.
  • After adding the Zucchini to the baking dishes, fill each one with the Italian sausage filling.
  • Top the filling with the additional Mozzarella or Pizza cheese plus Parmesan cheese.
  • With the baking dish covered with foil, bake for 40 minutes.  This will depend on how thick your zucchini are.
  • After 30 minutes remove the foil, stick a fork in them.  The fork should easily into each zucchini boat.

Notes

  • These zucchini boats are full of flavors with low carb Tomato Basil Sauce made by Rao’s. Rao’s has four carbohydrates per 1/2 cup. You only need a couple of tablespoons of sauce per chicken breast.
  • You can use either or a combination of Mozzarella or Pizza cheese.
  • Tip:  If you are in a hurry, precook your zucchini in the microwave before stuffing them with Italian meat filling.
  • You can use ground beef, regular sausage, or even ground turkey.  If using any of these meats but especially ground turkey, do not be afraid to add additional spices.  Turkey is super bland and needs lots of additional seasonings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1zucchini | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 935mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 452IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 2mg

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1 thought on “ITALIAN ZUCCHINI BOATS”

  1. 5 stars
    I absolutely love zucchini here. Being Italian heritage, my family was always big on serving zucchini and eggplant, too. As a kid, my dad actually used to grow both in our backyard garden. So I was truly spoiled with all the homemade recipes my mom prepared with them. That you said you not only brought me back with this recipe, but also made me want to give your recipe a try now, too! Thanks Diane and have a wonderful Sunday now 🙂

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