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STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

mayurisjikoni
Stuffed Zucchini Boats are so deliciously cheesy with 3 different kinds of cheese used along with pasta and pesto. Serve them with some soup, salad or as a side dish.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
BAKING TIME 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Light Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large zucchinis

FOR THE STUFFING:

  • ½ cup cooked pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-1½ tbsp pesto
  • ¼ cup feta cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini use the scooped out bits
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs

FOR THE ZUCCHINI BOATS:

  • 1 tsp olive oil for brushing
  • little salt to sprinkle over
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • ¼ -½ cup grated cheese
  • some chilli flakes optional

Instructions
 

PREPARATION OF THE ZUCCHINI BOATS:

  • Wash and wipe the zucchinis.
  • Trim the ends.
  • Taste a small piece to make sure they are not bitter.
  • Place the zucchinis in a horizontal position.
  • Make an incision on the top part of the zucchini. Slice off the top, a bit and not too much.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh of the zucchini. Don't dig too deep or the zucchini will split.
  • Place the scooped out zucchini boats on a lined baking tray.
  • Brush some olive oil over the zucchini boats.
  • Sprinkle some salt over them.

PREPARATION OF THE STUFFING:

  • Dice the zucchini tops you sliced off.
  • Put oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic. Stir fry till the onion becomes a bit soft.
  • Add zucchini, herbs, pepper and salt. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add cooked pasta. Mix well.
  • Add feta and parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Take the pan off the heat.
  • Add pesto and mix well.

BAKING THE STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS:

  • Add stuffing in the scooped out zucchini boats.
  • Press it down a bit gently so you can get more stuffing in them.
  • Sprinkle chilli flakes.
  • Add grated cheese.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or till the cheese melts.

SERVING TIPS:

  • Serve stuffed zucchini boats with some salad or soup.
  • Or serve it as a side dish.

Notes

  • Add a filling of your choice.
  • Make sure to taste the zucchini before you bake them. They can be bitter sometimes.
  • If you want softer zucchini, cover them with foil and bake. Then allow the cheese to brown a little under the broiler or grill.
  • Adds nuts or seeds of your choice.
  • Adjust the spices and salt according to your taste.
  • You can use fresh herb of your choice.
  • If you have any scooped out zucchini left, use it up in a soup or curry.
Keyword Stuffed Zucchini Boats, Stuffed Zucchini Recipe