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Pizza Zucchini Boats with Pepperoni and Sausage

A healthy, low-carb, recipe for pizza zucchini boats that is full of Italian sausage, Mozzarella and pepperonis.  Makes a wonderful quick and easy gluten-free dinner recipe for a busy weeknight.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 779 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium-large zucchinis
  • 1-2 T. olive oil + more for zucchini
  • ½ c. onions finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage mild
  • 1 c. spaghetti sauce
  • ½ c. pepperonis small
  • 1 c. Mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley fresh (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut zucchini in half and scoop out insides. Place zucchini pulp in a bowl to reserve for later.
  3. Drizzle about 1 T. olive oil over the insides of the zucchini and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper over each.
  4. Place zucchini on a baking sheet, inside-up, and bake in preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.
  5. In a medium-large sauce pan, place olive oil, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Add Italian sausage and cook over medium heat for an additional 8 minutes, or until sausage is almost done.
  7. Measure out 1 c. of the reserved zucchini pulp. Coarsely chop and then place in the pan with the sausage. Cook over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes, or until zucchini becomes soft.
  8. Reduce heat to a simmer and add spaghetti sauce. Once mixture is heated through, fill each zucchini boat with equal amounts of the sausage mixture. (Each boat will get about ¼ c. of the mixture.)
  9. Top each zucchini boat with Mozzarella and 6-8 small pepperonis.
  10. Return zucchini to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely so the cheese does not burn.
  11. Top with fresh parsley and Parmesan and enjoy!

Notes:

Want to make them healthier? Substitute half of the Italian sausage for ground turkey, chicken or tofu. Just know they will not have the same robust Italian flavor! Also, you can use turkey pepperonis instead of pork pepperonis.

Want to kick it up a notch? Try adding a bit of sriracha to the spaghetti sauce or using hot Italian sausage instead of mild.

Want more veggies? Top each pizza zucchini boat with roasted onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and olives for a more "grown-up" meal!

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Nutrition Facts
Pizza Zucchini Boats with Pepperoni and Sausage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 779 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Fat 62g95%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 2096mg91%
Potassium 1164mg33%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 44.1mg53%
Calcium 374mg37%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.