Zuchini & Sausage Boats

June 26, 2015


With an abundance of zucchini here is a great recipe to use this week.


  • 4 large zucchini cut lengthwise

  • 1 cup chopped onion 

  • 8 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1-1/2 ounces whole-grain bread, torn into small pieces

  • 5 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces and divided

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided 

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil 

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 




1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Using a spoon, remove zucchini pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell or boat. Coarsely chop pulp, reserving 2 cups; discard remaining pulp. Place zucchini boats in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave at HIGH for 4 minutes; let stand, covered, until time to stuff.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and sausage to pan; cook 4 minutes or until done, stirring to crumble sausage. Stir in reserved 2 cups zucchini pulp. Place zucchini halves on a jelly-roll pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Divide sausage mixture evenly among zucchini boats.

4. Place bread in a mini food processor; pulse 5 to 6 times or until coarse crumbs form. Add 2 ounces cheese and 1 teaspoon oil; pulse to combine. Top zucchini halves with bread mixture. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts and breadcrumbs begin to brown.

5. Combine remaining 3 ounces cheese, tomatoes, and basil in a bowl; toss to combine. Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, vinegar, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over tomato mixture; toss to coat. Serve with zucchini boats.

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