Healthy Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Amazing Italian stuffed zucchini boats – a quick and healthy dinner made of mostly veggies! These cheesy zucchini boats are done in 20 minutes, are gluten free-friendly, and so so yummy. 

A white dish on a white counter with a gray napkin next to it. The white dish is holding stuffed zucchini boats in marinara sauce with melted cheese and fresh basil over top.

Today is all about these cheesy Italian stuffed zucchini boats! They take a quick 20 minutes until baked to perfection, are hearty and flavorful, and so so yummy. In this recipe I swapped ground beef to make it meatless and used white beans in replacement. No matter if you’re a veggie or meat lover – you will be so satisfied by these delicious zucchini boats. 

All you need is summer squash (green or yellow), tomato sauce, cheese, and white cannellini beans. Easy, quick, and healthy! 

Stuffed Zucchini

What you use to “stuff” your zucchini boats is one of the most important steps in this recipe. I used white beans because they have a mild flavor that pair great with tomato sauce and Italian flavors. I love the meat-y texture and taste that they bring to this dish.

If you would prefer using an actual meat I recommend cooked sausage, ground beef, or turkey sautéed with onions and garlic. 

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats – step by step

step by step photos showing how to make stuffed zucchini boats.

  1. First, slice avocados in half and use a spoon to remove inner part of zucchini. Then lay face time on paper towels while prepping rest of dish. 
  2. Then spoon 1 cup sauce into a 13×9 dish and place zucchinis in dish with sauce. 
  3. Spoon white beans into middle of zucchinis. 
  4. Then spoon additional sauce over beans and zucchini. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheese over top and bake uncovered for 20 minutes then broil on HIGH for 1 minute until cheese is browned and bubbling. 

Stuffed zucchini boats in a dish of tomato sauce with melted cheese over top.

What to serve with Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Pasta: You can serve your stuffed zucchini with a healthier pasta like lentil or chickpea penne. 
Vegetables: If you want to keep this dish low carb you can serve it up with a medley of roasted veggies or your favorite salad. 
Bread: Serve with your favorite french bread or garlic knots. 

Other Zucchini Recipes You May Like:

Easy Zucchini Lasagna

Chicken Parmesan and Zucchini Noodles

Extra Tips for This Recipe

  •  Make this dish even more delicious by using your own tomato sauce recipe. I recommend my San Marzano Tomato Sauce – it is luscious red tomato sauce with rich Italian flavor. For store-bought sauce I recommend anything by Rao’s
  • As mentioned, if you would like to swap in a meat substitute for beans, I recommend a sweet or spicy Italian sausage, ground beef, or ground turkey.
  • Add extra herbs that you have on hand like fresh thyme or oregano. 

Stuffed zucchini boats with tomato sauce in a white dish.

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A white dish on a white counter with stuffed zucchini boats and tomato sauce in it.

Healthy Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Servings 2
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Amazing Italian stuffed zucchini boats - a quick and healthy dinner made of mostly veggies! These cheesy zucchini boats are done in 20 minutes, are gluten free-friendly, and so so yummy. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: healthy zucchini boats, how to make zucchini boats, stuffed zucchini boats
Calories: 222 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini's, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Scoop core of zucchinis out with a spoon, then lay zucchini halves face down on paper towels to soak up access moisture. 

  2. Pour 1 cup tomato sauce into a 13x9 baking dish. Lay zucchini halves, then add cannellini beans into center. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over beans, then sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan over top. 

  3. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, broil on HIGH for 1 minute until cheese is browned. Then sprinkle with fresh basil and serve! 

Recipe Notes

 Tips 

  •  Make this dish even more delicious by using your own tomato sauce recipe. I recommend my San Marzano Tomato Sauce - it is luscious red tomato sauce with rich Italian flavor. For store-bought sauce I recommend anything by Rao's
  • As mentioned, if you would like to swap in a meat substitute for beans, I recommend a sweet or spicy Italian sausage, ground beef, or ground turkey.
  • Add extra herbs that you have on hand like fresh thyme or oregano. 
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.3g 7%
Cholesterol 12.3mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 27.2g 9%
Sugars 7.4g
Protein 20.7g 41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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