These zucchini boats with ground beef are a delicious, refreshing dish--good served on a bed of rice or with garlic toast and salad.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr
1 hr 25 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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with foil.

  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop and reserve about 3/4 of the seeds for the stuffing.

  • Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add zucchini boats and cook uncovered for 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned and broken into very small pieces, 5 to 7 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir some more. Quickly add reserved chopped zucchini pulp, onion, and carrot; continue to cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in red wine and Worcestershire and allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef stock and cook for 3 minutes more. Simmer until mixture reduces, about 10 minutes.

  • Place zucchini boats in the foil-lined dish and divide meat mixture evenly between them. Sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Thicken reduced mixture with a little cornstarch if it appears too runny.

Nutrition Facts

384 calories; protein 25.8g; carbohydrates 12.4g; fat 23.6g; cholesterol 79mg; sodium 293.6mg. Full Nutrition