Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I pinned a recipe for Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats from a friend a couple weeks ago.  And tonight I decided to give it a try: http://pinterest.com/pin/91901648616704086/.  I’ve never tried anything like this before.  I rarely even cook with Zucchini.  But this recipe was surprisingly easy and tasty too.   Though the zucchini boats alone were not very filling.  We served them with a side of pasta.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups of marinara sauce
  • 4 (31 oz total) medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 14 oz lean Italian chicken sausage
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
  • 8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4″ thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside.

Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.

Place 1/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 12″ baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut side up.

In a large saute pan, brown sausage, breaking up as it cooks into smaller pieces until browned; set aside. Heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on a medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook about 2-3 minutes. Combine with sausage and cook a few more minutes.
Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup cooked sausage, pressing firmly. Top each with 2 tablespoons each of sauce, 1 tablespoon each of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon each of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.

 

This recipe is from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/

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