Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Italian style sausage stuffed zucchini topped with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese. One of my favorite 1 pot meals you can have on the table in less than 45 minutes. Low carb and full of flavor.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

I first saw this recipe on Gina’s blog Skinnytaste and knew it would be a great low carb recipe to add to our meal rotation. But after making it I wanted to find a way around boiling the zucchini and then cooking them in a separate baking dish. The less I have to clean up the better! I tweaked the recipe a bit and have finally perfected this one pot (and 1 mixing bowl) meal. Here’s how you make it!

First, gather up your ingredients: sweet Italian sausage (also called mild Italian sausage), zucchini’s, white onion, garlic, tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella. Plan on at least 2 zucchini halves per person, or more if you have a hungry husband like I do. The 2 sausage to 3 zucchinis ratio is just the right amount to fill ‘em up.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Ingredients

Start by scooping out the flesh of the raw zucchini’s. If you’re like me and don’t have a melon baller, you can use a basic spoon to get the job done. Cut the zucchini’s in half and gently score around the seed and flesh area.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Then gently lift it out. After you get a majority of the seeds out, you can do a final scrape with the tip of the spoon. Just like scooping out the seeds of a pumpkin on Halloween, only less slimy. Sometimes the zucchini will break or crack. Don’t panic. Just stuff them as normal, no one will know the difference.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Repeat until you have scooped out all of your zucchini’s. Set all of the flesh aside in a bowl, we’ll be using it soon in the sausage filling.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini 5

Next finely chop half of 1 yellow onion.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Grab an oven safe non-stick pan. I love my Calphalon 12″ Unison pan I got for my wedding, does the job perfectly. Start by cooking the onions in 1 tbs olive oil over medium until they start to turn translucent, 3-5 minutes, adding salt and pepper.

After the onions have turned translucent, snip the ends of the sausage casings and squeeze the sausage in to the pan. It is oh so attractive…

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Then break up the sausage with a wooden spoon, stirring until it is almost cooked through. About 5 minutes over medium heat.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

When the sausage is almost cooked through, add in the zucchini flesh.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Break up the zucchini flesh as much as you can with a wooden spoon. The flesh will help to bind the sausage and give it great flavor.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

When the sausage is fully cooked, and the flesh has cooked down and looks like it has “melted” in to the sausage, add in the chopped garlic and cook for just 1 minute.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Then transfer everything to the same bowl that held the flesh.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Wipe the pan with a paper towel to remove most of the sausage fat. Then put all the zucchini’s face down and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Flip the zucchini’s over once they get a nice, brown crust.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Take them off the heat, and salt and pepper the insides.

Time to stuff these babies! Spoon in about 2 tbs of the sausage mixture in to each.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Keep stuffing until they are all full.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Now top each zucchini with tomato sauce. Sausage loves tomato sauce.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Then top each zucchini with shredded mozzarella. Tomato sauce loves mozzarella.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Look at all these happy, cheese and tomato covered, sausage stuffed zucchini’s. All set to pop in the oven.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Put your oven safe pan in a preheated 400 degree oven and cook until the cheese is bubbling, 10-15 minutes.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

You, zucchini’s, are going to make a very yummy dinner.

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Keep it light and serve them with a caesar salad. Or pig out and serve them along pasta that you’ve tossed in olive oil or tomato sauce. Whatever you fancy. A glass of red wine is a must. You’ve earned it. Enjoy (the zucchini and the easy peasy cleanup)!

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 2-3

Calories per serving: 277

Net Carbs per serving: 14g

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet Italian sausages
  • 3 medium zucchini's
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Cut all the zucchini's in half, scoring around the seeds and scooping out the flesh. Set all the flesh aside in a mixing bowl

2. In an oven proof pan, cook the onions over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until they start to turn translucent, salt & pepper

3. Snip the top of the sausage casing and squeeze out the sausage meat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, cook until almost cooked through, 5 minutes

4. When the sausage is almost cooked through, add in the zucchini flesh, breaking up with a spoon, cooking for 3 more minutes

5. Add in chopped garlic, cook until fragrant, 1 minute

6. Transfer sausage mixture to the same mixing bowl, and wipe pan clean of most of the sausage fat

Cook the zucchini's cut side down for 1-2 minutes over medium heat until they get a brown crust, take them off the heat, flip over, and salt and pepper the inside

7. Fill the zucchini with the sausage mixture, top with tomato sauce, then sprinkle on the cheese

8. Cook in 400 degree oven until cooked through and cheese is melted and bubbling, 10-15 minutes

9. Serve 2 zucchini halves per person with your favorite salad or pasta

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    • says

      Zucchini’s are my favorite vegetable! You must try. These are great in the summer when my garden has so many vegetables I don’t know what to do with them. You’re always so nice Irina. Thanks for all your sweet comments. I love each one : )

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