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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Zucchini boats with sausage are a great weeknight meal that pulls together quickly. We have several variations we make regularly and the kids love helping make them. It’s an easy way to help my kids get the nutrition they need with a meal the whole family loves.

Zucchini Boats

They’re naturally gluten-free, low-carb, and keto friendly. And who doesn’t love a warm, cheesy main dish? If your family is dairy-free though, then the cheese can easily be omitted.

This stuffed zucchini recipe frequently makes it onto our weekly meal plan because they’re so easy and versatile to make. The zucchini is scooped out to make room for fillings like bell pepper, sausage, and minced garlic.

I love how they’re a great meal on the go and also reheat well. I’ll wrap them up in foil and store them in the fridge until I’m ready to reheat them in the oven. You can wrap them in parchment paper first, then the foil so they aren’t cooking in aluminum in the oven.

I’ve even made these ahead to serve for breakfast on busy mornings. Way healthier than grabbing a donut!

Zucchini Boat Variations

You can easily customize them however you want by changing up the spices. You could do a lasagna flavor version with Italian seasoning, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, or tomato sauce, and topped with parmesan cheese. Make a taco version with black beans, red bell pepper, ground turkey or beef, and taco seasoning.

Garnish it with red pepper flakes, oregano, or a drizzle of fresh olive oil if desired. They make a great main course, but double as a side dish when needed.

Choosing Your Zucchini

While large zucchini is great for zucchini bread, I prefer using more of a medium size here. The texture is a little better in the recipe. If the zucchini is too small though, there isn’t enough room to fit the toppings in.

Looking For More Zucchini Recipes?

Here are other ways to use up any zucchini you may have lying around!

Stuffed Zucchini Sausage Boats

An easy and fun dinner of zucchini with sausage and bell pepper stuffing. My kids love helping make these and I love that they're an easy, healthy meal idea!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Calories 267kcal
Author Katie Wells


8 zucchini boats



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Saute the onion and bell pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground sausage to the skillet and stir occasionally until cooked through.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside.
  • Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a paring knife and spoon to scoop out (and keep!) the seeds and center of the zucchini flesh, leaving a hallowed out zucchini canoe with edges about ¼ inch thick.
  • Dice the zucchini centers that you removed and add them to the meat and veggie mixture in the skillet.
  • Add the diced, roasted red peppers, eggs, herbs, and spices to the skillet and stir well.
  • Divide the meat mixture evenly among the zucchini halves and top with shredded cheese if desired.
  • Bake in a baking dish or baking sheet for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese starts to bubble.
  • Top with sour cream if desired and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Zucchini Sausage Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini boat)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 635mg28%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 838IU17%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • I like to make extra and wrap them to reheat later for breakfast or lunch on the go.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


13 responses to “Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats”

  1. Mg Avatar

    You say you wrap the leftovers for individual meals. Can these be wrapped and frozen to thaw and reheat later?

    1. Suzanne Avatar

      They can, just keep in mind that after freezing and thawing, the zucchini will be quite soft. The taste will be just fine though.

  2. Kristina Avatar

    When do you add the herbs? (And can you pls update the recipe on Real Plans too?) Thanks!

  3. Angelia Avatar

    Making this with our bountiful zucchini crop for the second year in a row.
    Thank you Wellness Mama.

  4. Shauna Avatar

    Hello, I am wondering if you have ever used and reviewed a Nu Wave oven? If so are they a good healthy choice? My aunt bought me one as a gift and I love it. It can cook and reheat anything. I just started switching over to natural living due to autoimmune and other health problems ,which by the way let me thank you for everything you do here. It is Very Much appreciated here. I have been reading everything on your site and now I’m curious to know how good it really is. I’ve read where you have tested products and if it is a good healthy choices I highly recommend it. Thank you for your time and patience.

  5. Brenna Avatar

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! It turned out so well for us. It was moist and flavorful. I added some butter while cooking the onions and meat in addition to oil which I think really helped me get my 20 month old to eat it! It is the first time that he has willingly eaten beef, and onions. So delicious!

  6. Gillian Melquist Avatar
    Gillian Melquist

    I made this for dinner tonight! Yummy…. And my 2 year old who won’t touch a veggie (that she knows about) ate the stuffing and loved it. We will work on her eating the zucchini next! I will note that there are a couple steps missing from the recipe and roasted red peppers and the oil are not listed in the ingredients.

  7. Kate Avatar

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. It was great! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  8. vanessa Avatar

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  9. Amy Avatar

    I’ve done similar zucchini boats with pork sausage– soooo good!  These look so easy and delicious!  I can’t wait to try them!

  10. Hannah Campbell Avatar
    Hannah Campbell

    I just made this, so easy and so yummy! I added hot sausage to the ground beef and topped it with salsa.

  11. Danny Avatar

    Do you have any more fruit ‘ice cream’ recipes – natural and sugar free preferably?  Thanks

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