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Cheesy Italian Zucchini Boats - A Must Try This Summer!

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Author: Southern Made Simple


  • 1 LARGE zucchini or 2-3 small zucchini cut lengthwise into fourths
  • 1/2 cup diced Conecuh sausage
  • 1/2 cup mashed zucchini scraped from the inside when making the "boats"
  • 1/2 small onion - diced
  • 1/2 small green pepper - diced
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1/2 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • dash of sea salt


  • Cut zucchini into fourths, creating wedges that are about 3-4 inches long
  • Using a spoon, scrape out the inside of each piece of zucchini, creating a "boat" to hold the filling
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of zucchini insides and mash it in a bowl with a fork
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • On a foil-lined baking sheet, place zucchini boats hollow-side up and drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and a smidge of Italian seasoning
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until zucchini is par-cooked
  • While the zucchini is cooking: In a medium skillet, drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil and cook garlic, onions, zucchini filling and bell peppers until tender
  • Toss in sausage and allow to cook for a few minutes
  • Remove from heat and add in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese - stir until well combined
  • Once zucchini is done, remove from oven and fill each boat with sausage filling
  • Top with extra cheese if desired
  • Cook in oven for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until cheese has melted
  • Enjoy!

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