Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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Stuffed Zucchini

Make the most of your fresh garden zucchini with this delicious stuffed zucchini recipe which can be served as either a side dish or a main dish.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 75 minutes, divided


3 large Zucchini
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Beef
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 cup Cooked Rice
1 TBSP Fresh Basil, chopped
1/4 tsp Fresh Oregano, chopped
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 (26oz) Jar Spaghetti Sauce, divided
8oz Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded and divided
Sale and Pepper to taste


• Preheat oven to 400°.
• Slice washed zucchini in half the long way. Slice off 1/8″ of each bottom so it can lay flat in the pan.
• Scoop out inside of the zucchini to make “canoes”. Don’t scoop out too much; you don’t want the filling to leak ou when cooking.
• Place those zucchini in a greased 13×9 pan. Roast at 400° for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool. This will dry out the zucchini a bit and they will end up meaty rather than mushy.
• Once your zucchini are removed and cool, you will be baking the recipe at 350°.
• Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat; saute onions until tender, approximately 5 minutes.
• Add garlic to onions, and saute an additional 2 minutes.
• Add ground beef to the garlic-onion mixture. Cook until browned.
• Add rice and spices.
• Once the meat has browned and the rice and spices have been mixed in, add 3 tablespoons of the spaghetti sauce to the mixture.
• Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
• Sprinkle half of the Monterey Jack cheese in the bottom each zucchini “canoe” shell.
• Fill with meat mixture.
• Top with rest of spaghetti sauce, then top with remaining Monterey Jack cheese and garnish with fresh, slivered basil.
• Place the 13×9 pan back in the 350° oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes until thoroughly heated, and cheese is melted.
• Serve hot.

Makes 4-6 servings of Stuffed Zucchini

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  1. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says

    This looks so delicious that I just pinned it so that I can make it soon. I think that this may actually be a zucchini recipe that my kids will like (wish me luck). If not, more for me 🙂
    Visiting from Showcase Your Talent

  2. Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife says

    This recipe looks like there perfect family meal idea! Great way to sneak in some veggies with the kids =) I would love if you would stop by and share on my Friday Favorites linkup!

  3. Stuffed zucchini is one of my favorite summer dishes and this recipes is very close to the one I use! Sometimes I even toss it in the slow cooker to avoid turning the oven on. Yum! 🙂

  4. Jaimi@TheStayatHomeMomSurvivalGuide says

    This looks delicious! I love stuffed peppers, and this is very similar but an awesome new recipe find! Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wednesday. I will be pinning and sharing this.

  5. I’m trying this recipe on Friday. It looks so yummy, but what I love most about it is how easy it is to prep. I’m so glad I found your post on the Idea Box Link Party, Ann. Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂


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