Zucchini Boats

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This is a recipe that I put together.  I used fresh herbs, which in my opinion is so flavorful.  You can use dried herbs too if you don’t have fresh. I tried to figure how much dried you would add to get a great flavor.  This makes a good amount because I like left overs.  You can always cut it in half.

4-5 Medium size zucchini or 6-8 small yellow squash

2 lbs Ground Hamburg or Ground Turkey

8 Large fresh basil leaves chopped fine or 2 Tblsp dried basil

2 Tblsp fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley

2 cups salsa  (salsa with great flavor makes a big difference.  I used my own canned)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees
  2. Mix the meat, basil, parsley, and salsa together and set aside.
  3.  Wash and cut ends off of zucchini or yellow squash.  Cut zucchini or squash length wise in the middle.
  4. Scoop out the soft middle part of the zucchini or squash and puree in a food processor until fine.  Add to meat mixture.
  5. Fill each zucchini evenly with meat mixture.
  6. Pour a little spaghetti sauce over top of the meat. (Enough to cover the top)
  7. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs on top. (What ever amount you like)
  8. Cover with foil.
  9. Bake for 1 hour.  This time can vary depending on the oven. Bake until zucchini is soft and meat is done.
  10. When zucchini is done, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake uncovered another 5 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with salt to your taste.


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