"Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you!"--Tommy Smothers

Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe

  Tried it? Rate this Recipe:
 

 

This recipe for Zucchini Pizza Boats, by , is from Our Family, Our Food, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Suzanne Hope

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 medium uniformly-sized zucchini
1 (24 to 26 ounce) jar tomato basil marinara, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped brown button mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan
2 tablespoons Italian style panko bread crumbs

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Measure out 1 cup of the marinara sauce and set aside.
Trim ends from zucchini and slice in half, lengthwise. Use the tip of a spoon to scrape out the zucchini flesh (see recipe note), chop it and set it aside. Place the scooped out zucchini boats into a 13" x 9" baking dish and add about 1" of water. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until just slightly fork-tender. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, add olive oil to a 12" skillet and place over MEDIUM heat. Add turkey (or beef), onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring to break up the ground meat as it cooks. Continue to cook and stir until meat is thoroughly cooked and veggies have softened. Drain off as much grease as possible and return the skillet to the heat.
Add the chopped zucchini flesh, mushrooms, remaining marinara in jar (reserve 1 cup for later), parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, fresh ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Stir well to combine. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and allow to simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes.
Remove partially cooked zucchini from baking dish and pour off water. Pour the 1 cup of reserved marinara sauce into the empty baking dish and place zucchini boats on top of the sauce.
Divide the filling between the zucchini boats. If you have extra filling, spoon it into the dish around the zucchini boats. Cover the dish with foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until zucchini is fork tender. Remove dish from oven and set oven to BROIL.
Remove foil and sprinkle zucchini boats with mozzarella, Parmesan and the panko bread crumbs. Place dish in oven, watching closely, and cook for just a couple of minutes until cheese has melted and bread crumbs are golden brown.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We always use ground turkey and I buy the mini Hormel turkey pepperoni and add a few to each. You could actually add whatever pizza toppings you like. And I don't use the breadcrumbs but to each their own!

 

 

 

Learn more about the process to create a cookbook -- or
Start your own personal family cookbook right now!  Here's to good eating!

Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!

 

Bookmark and Share

 

 

1W  

Cookbooks are great for Holiday Gifts, Wedding Gifts, Bridal Shower ideas and Family Reunions!

*Recipes and photos entered into the Family Cookbook Project are provided by the submitting contributors. All rights are retained by the contributor. Please contact us if you believe copyright violations have occurred.


Search for more great recipes here from over 500,000 in our family cookbooks!