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5 from 14 votes
Taco meat stuffed zucchini in a baking dish.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

12 12 12
WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Baked tender zucchini stuffed with a rich meat sauce and topped with a mound of melty cheese.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mexican/Southwest
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 409


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • salt
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 recipe for Taco Beef and Rice Skillet <--- click to get the recipe
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish; set aside.
  • Cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh with the tip of a spoon.
  • Arrange the zucchini boats in the baking dish, flesh-side UP; sprinkle salt over each boat and set aside.
  • Prepare the Taco Beef mixture.
  • Once you've cooked the beef, wipe down the zucchini boats with paper towels.
  • Fill the boats with the prepared beef mixture. No specific amount – just spoon in what the zucchini will hold.
  • Top each zucchini boat with remaining marinara sauce and add cheese on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until zucchini is tender and mixture is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


  • If counting carbs and/or calories, I would suggest to leave out the rice in the beef recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 zucchini boat)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 853mg36%
Potassium 1183mg34%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 23.3mg28%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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