A delicious way to enjoy a summer veggie, these stuffed zucchini boats are nutritious and delicious. Stuffed with a combination of ground protein, veggies, seasonings, and cheese, this dinner is low carb yet full of flavor.

Prep: 10 mins.Cook: 25 mins.Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings 1x


  • 4 medium zucchini, uniform size
  • ½ lb. ground Italian sausage (may use pork or chicken)
  • ½ lb. ground meat of choice (beef, chicken, pork or turkey)
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14 oz.) canned diced tomatoes,  drained
  • 2 handfuls spinach, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉ degrees. Wash and halve the zucchini lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop the insides out, about ½-inch deep (depending on size) leaving ¼ inch around the edge. 
  2. Chop the scooped-out zucchini flesh and reserve for step 4.
  3. Place the zucchini halves on a baking sheet, and mist both sides with cooking spray. Position the halves cut side up and bake for 6 minutes. When the baking time is up, remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. While the zucchini is baking, prepare the sausage filling. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, mist with cooking spray and add the ground sausage, ground beef (or other ground meat), the reserved chopped zucchini, onion, and garlic.
  5. Break up the ground meat using a spatula and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the onions have softened. 
  6. Add the drained tomatoes, spinach, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook 3-4 minutes or until the spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Stir 1 cup mozzarella cheese into the filling mixture.
  8. Next, stuff the partially-baked zucchini with the filling mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup cheese over the filling.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted.
  11. If desired, top with fresh basil just before serving.


May use 1 lb of ground Italian sausage or 1 lb of any ground meat in place of the 1/2 lb Italian sausage + 1/2 lb ground meat

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 stuffed zucchini halves
  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 28 g
  • (Sat Fat: 13 g)
  • Sodium: 880 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 12 g
  • (Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 7 g)
  • Protein: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 101 mg


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Jessica Beacom