This is an easy Italian meatloaf baked into hollowed-out zucchini halves. Delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Scoop out and discard zucchini seeds, leaving the hollowed-out shells. Sprinkle the garlic salt into the hollowed-out zucchini, and set aside. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • In a mixing bowl, mix the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, basil, carrot, and Parmesan cheese together with the onion mixture. Stuff the zucchini halves with the meat mixture, and place them into a baking dish. Spoon about half the spaghetti sauce over the zucchini, covering all the meat and allowing sauce to drip down the sides of the zucchini boats.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the meat is no longer pink in the center and the zucchini are tender, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the zucchini, and return to oven until the cheese melts, about 5 more minutes. Heat the remaining spaghetti sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat while the zucchini boats are cooking. Serve the zucchini boats with the additional sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

596 calories; protein 34.8g 70% DV; carbohydrates 45g 15% DV; fat 30.5g 47% DV; cholesterol 141.2mg 47% DV; sodium 1605.4mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
I've been making these for years and we love them! If you use ground round there shouldn't be an accumulation of grease in the zucchini boat. If all I have is ground chuck (with 15% fat) then you are better off browning the meat first and mixing then mixing it with some of the sauce. Terrific way to use zucchini when your garden is producing more than you can handle! Toss a salad & serve with crusty bread or garlic toast. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2010
These green meaty boats looked so awesome going into the oven and I had really high hopes for the outcome but I was a little disappointed. I will definitely make them again but not without a couple changes. The "1 large zucchini" written for the original recipe must've been from a mutant garden strain b/c I scaled the meat back to 1 lb. and ended up cramming 3 1/2 medium zucchinis with the meatloaf mixture as well as making a couple random meatballs on the side. The end result was unfortunately on the bland side (splash splash of Sriracha to the rescue!) so next time around the meat and sauteed veggies need to be more heavily seasoned possibly w/ more garlic red pepper flakes thyme oregano Italian Seasoning etc... Also I think I would rather prepare these like a stuffed bell pepper where I'd brown the meat prior to stuffing then just pop the boats in the oven to melt the cheese only b/c I wasn't too thrilled with the accumulation of grease in the zucchinis. Oh yeah I also dropped it to 1 egg and 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs since I had a little less meat and the bake time was dead-on. Overall a 3.5 star recipe that (CHEER! My 3-year old gobbled up!) might just need some tweaking b4 I'd make again. Read More
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112 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2010
These green meaty boats looked so awesome going into the oven and I had really high hopes for the outcome but I was a little disappointed. I will definitely make them again but not without a couple changes. The "1 large zucchini" written for the original recipe must've been from a mutant garden strain b/c I scaled the meat back to 1 lb. and ended up cramming 3 1/2 medium zucchinis with the meatloaf mixture as well as making a couple random meatballs on the side. The end result was unfortunately on the bland side (splash splash of Sriracha to the rescue!) so next time around the meat and sauteed veggies need to be more heavily seasoned possibly w/ more garlic red pepper flakes thyme oregano Italian Seasoning etc... Also I think I would rather prepare these like a stuffed bell pepper where I'd brown the meat prior to stuffing then just pop the boats in the oven to melt the cheese only b/c I wasn't too thrilled with the accumulation of grease in the zucchinis. Oh yeah I also dropped it to 1 egg and 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs since I had a little less meat and the bake time was dead-on. Overall a 3.5 star recipe that (CHEER! My 3-year old gobbled up!) might just need some tweaking b4 I'd make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
I've been making these for years and we love them! If you use ground round there shouldn't be an accumulation of grease in the zucchini boat. If all I have is ground chuck (with 15% fat) then you are better off browning the meat first and mixing then mixing it with some of the sauce. Terrific way to use zucchini when your garden is producing more than you can handle! Toss a salad & serve with crusty bread or garlic toast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2010
This was very good, what I do is cut off the ends of the zucchini and boil in water for approx 10 to 15 mins ...take out let it cool then slice inhalf and take out the pulp and I add it to the hamburger mixture, adds alot of flavor.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
This was a great recipe and didn't take long at all. Very easy prep work. I wasn't happy with the spaghetti sauce that I used but the rest was great. Just becareful on the type of sauce. I used one with the cheese in it. Thank you for the recipe.. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/30/2010
The fat and sodium in this recipe are through the roof! Not to mention the cholesterol. While this recipe is very very tasty I would not recommend eating often. Omit the bottled sauce and use your own or a low sodium brand. Omit the garlic salt completely and try garlic pepper you might be surprised. The Italian seasoned bread crumbs have a lot of salt and Parmesan plus the recipe calls for extra Parmesan and mozzarella. Make you your own bread crumbs with herbs no salt and just use the Parmesan as indicated in the recipe. Then try low fat Mozzarella. You can try ground turkey or chicken if you like but I do not think it will make much difference. I do cheat from low fat and low sodium diets but have found after very little time that a lot of recipes are very salty and although I love the velvety texture of some fat greasy and oily becomes very cloying. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2010
I tried it with spicy Italian turkey sausage instead of the ground beef and it was wonderful. I used the small zucchini that didn't need to have the seeds removed. Served for company and everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2010
I MADE THIS YEARS AGO AND AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR AND LOVE IT.EVERYONE AT HOME LIKES IT TO. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2011
I've been making these for a while and find that you have to play around with this recipe in order to make it to your taste. For one thing, scoop out as much of the zucchini as you can... ok, it's not wasting if you have a TON of big zucchini's to use up! Then bake and season the "boats" first for -- ummmm, maybe half hour or more in order to get it cooked and dried out a little, as it tends to be watery if you don't. Cook the beef/pork in your frying pan ahead of time and add the things you'd like--green pepper, onion, garlic, seasonings, tomatoes or tomato sauce, etc. and taste it first so it's more to your taste. When you stuff it, leave the cheese off until the last 10 or 15 minutes so it doesn't burn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
This is a very delicious Italian meatloaf and the zucchini really give it an extra zing. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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