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Stuffed Zucchini

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5 from 30 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 28 mins
Serves 4 to 6
We love to make these stuffed zucchini boats for an easy summer dinner! With medium zucchini, the recipe serves 6 as a side dish. With large zucchini, it serves 4 as a main course.


  • 2 large or 3 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup torn crusty bread, crumbled
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Pesto, for serving
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 475°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a small spoon to hollow out the flesh of the zucchini, leaving a little more than ¼-inch thickness around the edges. Place them cut side-up on the baking sheet.
  • Make the filling. Place the scooped-out zucchini flesh into a mesh strainer and gently press out any excess water. You should be left with 1 cup flesh. Chop any coarse pieces and transfer to a medium bowl with the egg, bread crumbs, cheese, garlic, tomatoes, lemon zest, thyme, pine nuts, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix until combined, using your hands if necessary.
  • Drizzle the hollowed-out zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon in the filling and bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the filling is set and is golden brown and crisp on top.
  • Serve with pesto.