Squash stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach. I prefer a bit more garlic, and this can also be done on a grill by simply wrapping in foil.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 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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  • Trim ends of zucchini halves, and scoop out seeds and pulp, leaving about 1/2 inch pulp on skins. In a large saucepan, steam zucchini halves in a vegetable steamer over boiling water for about 5 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain, and immediately plunge into a large bowl filled with enough ice water to cover. Allow to cool completely; drain.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly cook and stir onion and garlic until onion is soft. Stir in spinach, and cook about 1 minute, until wilted.

  • Transfer spinach mixture to a medium bowl, and mix in ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, basil, oregano and pepper. Stuff zucchini halves with even amounts of the mixture, and arrange in a large baking dish. Drizzle with remaining butter.

  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until the stuffing is hot and bubbly. Heat tomato sauce in a small saucepan, and spoon over the zucchini half way through baking.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 14.3g 29% DV; carbohydrates 23g 7% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 75.7mg 25% DV; sodium 669.9mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
I love this one! I used a pound of fresh baby spinach instead of the frozen because that's what I had on hand. It came out delicious. My husband and children enjoyed this too. The 1 year old ate seconds. Thanks Whitney, I'll be making this one again and sharing it with friends. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2005
I made this for the second time tonight, and I made some changes. I almost doubled the spices, used fresh spinach, subbed cottage cheese for the ricotta and increased the amount slightly, increased the amount of Parmesan slightly, added some chopped provolone cheese, and added some Italian style bread crumbs to combat the soupiness. Also, half way through baking, I topped the halves with fresh tomato slices instead of sauce. NOW it was excellent, after a little tweaking. A very good basic recipe, though. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2005
I made this for the second time tonight, and I made some changes. I almost doubled the spices, used fresh spinach, subbed cottage cheese for the ricotta and increased the amount slightly, increased the amount of Parmesan slightly, added some chopped provolone cheese, and added some Italian style bread crumbs to combat the soupiness. Also, half way through baking, I topped the halves with fresh tomato slices instead of sauce. NOW it was excellent, after a little tweaking. A very good basic recipe, though. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
I love this one! I used a pound of fresh baby spinach instead of the frozen because that's what I had on hand. It came out delicious. My husband and children enjoyed this too. The 1 year old ate seconds. Thanks Whitney, I'll be making this one again and sharing it with friends. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2004
i made this dish for thanksgiving & everyone loved it so much that my mother-in-law requested i make it for easter. i ended up having extra spinach mixture leftover. the next day my husband put it on french bread and topped with tomato sauce. he popped it in the oven until it was warmed and it made a very yummy side dish for dinner. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
Very yummy! I used lowfat whipped cottage cheese in lieu of the ricotta and added more parm than called for. I topped the casserole with shredded mozarella. Hubby and kids loved this dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2005
This recipe turned out pretty good. I expected it to be a bit runny as I used lowfat ricotta. But that didn't happen and I was pleased. The key is to steam the zucchini just enough to retain some firmness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2005
Well the zucchini is starting to be harvested from the garden and am I ever glad I found this recipe! Hubby loved it and so did I. I only modified by adding a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese on top - other than that I followed the instructions exactly. My son (who only likes peas & corn as vegetables) actually said "not bad" and ate a serving himself. Hubby ate the leftovers as a late-night snack. A definite keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2009
This is a great recipe to play with. I made several adaptations and my boyfriend was really impressed! He said we should make it at our next dinner party. I used cottage cheese rather than ricotta and I used a strainer to reduce liquid since many said it was soupy. I also added breadcrumbs to the cheese mixture. Microwaving rather than steaming the zukes saved time and two pots. Had to cook 20 min before adding sauce then another 10-15 (I also topped with cheese and breadcrumbs). Endlessly adaptable and pretty presentation - I recommend you try this recipe and play with it to suit your tastes. I'll be using this all summer! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2003
Excellent. I served this to a friend who doesn't like zucchini and they loved it and my vegetable hating teenager even admitted it was "OK." I used part skim ricotta not whole milk and of course I added more garlic as I do to everything. It actually took about 35 min or so to get nice and hot not 20 min as in the recipe but no big deal. Just depends on the oven I suppose. Will definitely be making this more often. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2011
I used large yellow squash instead of zukes and didn't follow the recipe very closely but I did use all the other ingredients so I feel justified in leaving a review. It was not a difficult recipe but it used a lot of dishes so I will try to simplify somehow. Nevertheless it is a very tasty pretty and light entre. All you need is a loaf of crusty bread. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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