Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Enjoy this baked stuffed zucchini filled with savory sausage, tomatoes and Panko breadcrumbs. It’s the perfect summer dinner.

Baked stuffed zucchini cooked in a casserole pan

Fresh zucchini…We love it in the summer and eat it in burgers, sneak it into chocolate muffins and stack zucchini between tomatoes and mozzarella.

So why not stuff it with a mixture of spicy and mild sausage, top it with juicy sweet tomatoes and sprinkle Panko breadcrumbs on top.

This baked stuffed zucchini recipe is an easy family dinner that can be on the table in under an hour.

Casserole pan holding scooped out zucchini

Is zucchini healthy?

Yes it is! Zucchini has zero fat, is high in fiber, low in carbs and is loaded with nutrients. Did I mention that it’s so good for you!

Grab this delicious vegetable at your local farmer’s market or grow it in your garden.

Learn how to make baked stuffed zucchini

This dish features four medium – sized zucchini, which are hollowed out and stuffed with spicy and mild sausage, topped with vine ripened tomatoes before sprinkling Panko breadcrumbs and mozzarella cheese on top.

Six zucchini with sausage filling

Baked stuffed zucchini variations

Fresh zucchini is delicious prepared any way. Try these variations!

Asian. Make the filling from my PF Chang Copycat Lettuce Wraps and spoon it into the zucchini before baking.

Mediterranean.  Stuff the zucchini with couscous and sausage using the recipe from my Stuffed Peppers.

Mexican.  Make my Chicken and Chorizo Rice Skillet and scoop saffron-flavored spoonfuls into each boat.

Vegetarian.  Skip the meat. Instead, sauté your favorite vegetables including mushrooms, corn, squash, tomatoes and more into the zucchini boats before topping with breadcrumbs and cheeses.

Zucchini boats with shredded cheese on top

While zucchini is my preferred vegetable to use to make this dish, other options are just as easy to substitute. Try one of these delicious vegetables.

Peppers. Sweet bell peppers in green, yellow, orange or red are delicious stuffed. I prefer the sweeter peppers paired with spicy sausage.
Eggplant. This veggie comes in a variety of sizes and colors from deep purple to white. Eggplant is meaty to begin with and so tasty stuffed with sausage and baked.
Squash. The yellow variety is the easiest to find at the grocery store. I like to make zucchini and squash boats for a pretty presentation when I am serving this dish to guests.

Close up of baked stuffed zucchini

Love using summer vegetables picked fresh from the garden? Try these recipes!

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Baked stuffed zucchini cooked in a casserole pan
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5 from 5 votes

Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Enjoy this baked stuffed zucchini filled with savory sausage, tomatoes and Panko breadcrumbs. It’s the perfect summer dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Stuffed Zucchini
Servings: 4
Author: Ali Randall

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Slice the zucchini lengthwise, hollow out the flesh and place the zucchini in a 13 x 9“ casserole pan. Chop the zucchini flush and reserve.
  • Sauté the chorizo and sweet Italian sausage over medium heat until cooked through. Add the garlic,  onion and reserved chopped zucchini. Cook for about three minutes.
  • Toss in the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook an additional minute.
  • Spoon the sausage mixture into the zucchini boats. Sprinkle the Panko breadcrumbs, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the tops of the zucchini boats.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove the casserole pan from the oven and sprinkle the fresh chopped basil on top before serving.

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