Zucchini Boats with Ground Beef

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These zucchini boats with ground beef are a delicious, refreshing dish–good served on a bed of rice or with garlic toast and salad.


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (3.5 fluid ounce) wine glass red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil.

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop and reserve about 3/4 of the seeds for the stuffing.

Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add zucchini boats and cook uncovered for 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef; cook and stir until browned and broken into very small pieces, 5 to 7 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper and stir some more. Quickly add reserved chopped zucchini pulp, onion, and carrot; continue to cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in red wine and Worcestershire and allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef stock and cook for 3 minutes more. Simmer until mixture reduces, about 10 minutes.

Place zucchini boats in the foil-lined dish and divide meat mixture evenly between them. Sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Prep time: 25 mins / Cooking time: 1 hr / Total time: 1 hr 25 mins

Serving: 4 / Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 383.5

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