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Zucchini Boats

  • 4 medium Zucchini 
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil 
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or ground beef 
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Fresh or dried Oregano
  • Fresh or dried Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • 1.5 cups Marinara sauce 
  • Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheese (optional)

How to Make Italian Zucchini Boats

Preheat your oven to 375° F.  Cut your four zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the insides with a spoon.  Discard the inside of one and finely chop the rest.  Drain it in a paper towel and set it aside.

Place the zucchini shells face up on a baking sheet, brush with oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil.  Cook the bell peppers and chopped zucchini (insides) for about a minute, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Add in the meat and spices, and cook, stirring, to brown the meat.  Taste and season as desired.

Scoop the filling into the zucchini boats, using up all or most of it. Top with cheese if desired. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender, then serve right away.

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