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I love zucchini boats, and I'm always looking for new ways to experience them. This is a very hearty dish with ground beef, and my family loves it! This is the perfect use for all those jumbo zucchinis growing in your garden! Sprinkle each slice with additional dried oregano and dried basil as desired.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
35 mins
45 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Drizzle olive oil on zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until zucchini is fork-tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • While zucchini is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef with onion and garlic until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in dried basil, dried oregano, and garlic salt.

  • Combine tomato paste with 1 cup of water in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly. Drain fat from beef mixture if needed. Add tomato paste mixture and heat through. Turn off heat, add fresh basil leaves, and mix until well blended.

  • Remove zucchini from the oven; leave the oven on. Scoop meat mixture generously into each zucchini quarter and sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

617 calories; protein 51.6g; carbohydrates 25.1g; fat 35g; cholesterol 158mg; sodium 2554.8mg. Full Nutrition