Beef-Stuffed Zucchini

Main dish

Beef-Stuffed Zucchini

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  • 4

    medium zucchini

  • 1

    pound ground beef

  • ½

    cup chopped onion

  • 1


  • ¾

    cup marinara or spaghetti sauce

  • ¼

    cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • ¼

    teaspoon salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon pepper

  • 1

    cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

  • Additional marinara or spaghetti sauce


Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; cut a thin slice from the bottom of each with a sharp knife to allow zucchini to sit flat. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells. Place shells in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. microwave-safe dish. Turn off microwave turntable setting. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in the egg, marinara sauce, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup cheese. Spoon about 1/4 cup into each shell. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Microwave 3-4 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted into filling reads 160° and zucchini are tender. Serve with additional marinara sauce. Yield: 4 servings. Editor’s Note: If your microwave does not have a turntable setting, microwave zucchini in two batches, using an 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. microwave-safe dish.


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