Zucchini cored and stuffed with meat and rice then cooked in tomato sauce. Holy smokes, this is truly Lebanese comfort food! Serve these with tabbouleh, fatayer and stuffed grape leaves.

Russ Neimy
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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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  • Cut one end off each zucchini. Use a small scoop to scoop the flesh from the zucchinis, leaving shells. Discard the flesh.

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  • Mix chopped round steak, rice, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Lightly stuff the steak mixture into the zucchinis, making sure to leave about 1 inch of space for the rice to expand; if you don't, the zucchini will burst which still tastes good but doesn't look as nice.

  • Place the zucchinis in a large pot; add tomato soup and stewed tomatoes. Place a plate on top of the zucchinis to prevent them from bouncing around once the sauce is boiling.

  • Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the rice is fully cooked, 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Mixing half zucchini and half yellow squash makes it even prettier!

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; 7 g total fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 485 mg sodium. 46.6 g carbohydrates; 22.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2013
Very tasty and authentic. I didn't have a small scoop so I used a butter knife and gently twisted the tip into the zucchini and it cored it out perfectly. I had to use more tomato soup and stewed tomatoes (plus I added water to make the sauce more liquid to cover all the zucchini in the pot) also I brought the sauce to a slight boil before I added the zucchini. Otherwise perfect! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2014
This is a good base recipe for Lebanese Koosa however there's 2 big things missing: dried crushed mint and Lebanese yogurt (Leban). Allll Lebanese I know eat this with Leban on top and generously sprinkle crushed dried mint on top. With these two additions which are essential it's very good. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2013
Very tasty and authentic. I didn't have a small scoop so I used a butter knife and gently twisted the tip into the zucchini and it cored it out perfectly. I had to use more tomato soup and stewed tomatoes (plus I added water to make the sauce more liquid to cover all the zucchini in the pot) also I brought the sauce to a slight boil before I added the zucchini. Otherwise perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2013
Very tasty and authentic. I didn't have a small scoop so I used a butter knife and gently twisted the tip into the zucchini and it cored it out perfectly. I had to use more tomato soup and stewed tomatoes (plus I added water to make the sauce more liquid to cover all the zucchini in the pot) also I brought the sauce to a slight boil before I added the zucchini. Otherwise perfect! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2014
This is a good base recipe for Lebanese Koosa however there's 2 big things missing: dried crushed mint and Lebanese yogurt (Leban). Allll Lebanese I know eat this with Leban on top and generously sprinkle crushed dried mint on top. With these two additions which are essential it's very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2018
I loved them. My family (more importantly) loved them as well. I did not use canned soup but my homemade tomato soup since I try to avoid canned foods as much possible. My son who is not to excited about Middle Eastern foods in general (he thinks they are too bland) even liked them. This is something I will make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2019
Mix the spices, rice and meat with tomato sauce and stuff the zucchini with it. Add water instead of tomato sauce to cook the Zucchini. The inside of the zucchini That was removed can be added to the left over mixture of rice meat and tomato sauce and cooked on low medium to make rice Zucchini a la libanaise, another dish! Read More