This Italian dish is a BIG, baked stuffed zucchini, cut in half, and filled w/ Italian sausage, ground beef, tomato sauce, spices, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
I love to grow our own vegetables in my raised bed garden. Zucchini is one of my favorites, but sometimes they hide under the leaves until they have grown quite large. This recipe for Italian Stuffed Zucchini uses those great big zucchinis…which is why I love it!
A fairly large zucchini is necessary for this dish. You know, the big zucchini you find you overlooked in your garden, or buy at your local Farmer’s market. It also might be the kind a friend gives you in a grocery bag after their harvest. ☺
I received this recipe for Italian stuffed zucchini from a friend of mine named Shannon. I worked in a school office with Shannon for many years and love her dearly. She was one of my early inspirations for starting a veggie garden (for which I remain grateful!).
What Is In Stuffed Zucchini?
I’ve made stuffed zucchini several times over the years. The pairing of a large garden-grown zucchini stuffed with Italian sausage, garlic, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses adds up to a delicious and quick dinner!
This dish is so easy to prepare and it is an all-in-one kind of dish…meat and veggies! See how big the zucchini is?
Here is a side view of all that melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top! YUM!
Have a great day. I hope you will consider trying this recipe for stuffed zucchini, and trust you will enjoy it, too!
Looking For More Recipes That Use ZUCCHINI?
You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A couple recipes with zucchini you might also enjoy include:
- Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
- Carrot Zucchini Bread
- Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad
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This Italian dish is a BIG, baked stuffed zucchini, cut in half, and filled w/ Italian sausage, tomato sauce, spices, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound Italian sausage (or use 2 links with casing removed)
- 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 medium onion , finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoons oregano
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 6 ounces can tomato sauce
- 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
- 1 pound mozzarella cheese , grated
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (Kraft "green container" Parmesan works great)
- Saute hamburger meat, Italian sausage, onion and garlic until cooked. Drain grease. Put meat mixture in large bowl.
- Add breadcrumbs, oregano, salt, pepper and tomato sauce to meat mixture. Mix well.
- In a skillet, par boil zucchini in water till tender. Remove zucchini and cut in half-length-wise. Remove seeds with a spoon, creating out a "tunnel" indentation in the zucchini (this will hold the filling-see photo below). Poke holes in zucchini with fork, then brush melted butter all over surface of the zucchini. Season with salt and pepper. Place zucchini halves in a 9x13 baking dish.
- Stuff both the carved "tunnels" with the hamburger mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven. Uncover.
- Divide grated Mozzarella cheese in half. Sprinkle across top surface of both halves. Place pan back into the oven (uncovered) and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
- Remove from oven and cut into serving sizes (can usually get 2-3 servings per half, but it depends of course, on the size zucchini you are using). Serve, and enjoy!
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