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Pizza-Stuffed Zucchini
with italian sausage / mozzarella / bell peppers / mushrooms

Active: 25 minTotal: 35 min
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Inspired by the flavors of pizza (but with far fewer carbs), zucchini makes a sturdy shell for a filling of Italian sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. If you like a little spice, use spicy sausage, or top the baked zucchini with red pepper flakes. This video shows steps for the original version.



Pizza-Stuffed Zucchini:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, diced
  • Mushrooms, any button (look for pre-sliced to save time) - 6 oz, sliced
  • Cheese, fresh mozzarella (sub pre-shredded mozzarella if preferred) - 6 oz, sliced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Zucchini, medium - 4, halved
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Italian sausage (sub any variety loose sausage) - 16 oz
  • Tomatoes, crushed - 2 cups
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Bell peppers / Mushrooms / Cheese / Garlic - Prep as directed (if you bought pre-sliced mushrooms or cheese, those won’t need any prep) and store in separate containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini - Slice in half lengthwise and then use a spoon to scoop out the center of each zucchini half, leaving ~1/2” / 1.25cm thick shell on all sides (discard the center you scoop out or save it for another purpose). Check out this video. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)


  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. While oven heats, brush a sheet pan with some cooking oil. Place zucchini halves on pan, cut-side facing up.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper. Brush onto cut-side of zucchini halves.
  4. Transfer pan to heated oven and bake until zucchini halves are starting to turn tender and golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. While zucchini cooks, heat a saucepan with first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and saute until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add bell peppers with a pinch of salt and continue to saute until peppers are tender, ~2 minutes more.
  7. Set vegetables aside and return pan to heat.
  8. Add second part of cooking oil and then sausage to heated oil. Saute sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks until browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Drain any excess liquid from pan. Add tomatoes to sausage and simmer until sauce thickens, ~2 minutes more. Season with some salt and pepper.
  10. Remove zucchini halves from oven and turn on the oven’s broiler.
  11. Fill zucchini with sauce and top with peppers, mushrooms and cheese (or set out toppings and let everyone top their own!). Return pan to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, ~3 minutes more.
  12. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Top with red pepper flakes if you’d like. Enjoy!

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This meal has 40 reviews

So hearty and delicious!

By: Angela
Posted: Oct 18, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Really delicious and I don't even like zucchini that much. Lots of flavor and a great way to get a lot of vegetables without feeling like you're just eating vegetables. Kids even ate it.

By: Melanie
Posted: Sep 05, 2018
Diet: Original

Soooo good. Just make it, you'll see.

By: Lisa
Posted: Sep 20, 2017
Diet: Original

This was a great meal, though I did make the following changes: I skipped the peppers, added the mushrooms into the sausage and tom. along with some leftover marina sauce, my store only had small zucchini so I put them all in a casserole dish and poured the sausage mix over them. Since we are not strictly following paleo, I topped with shredded and grated Parmesan and broiled on high for about 5 min.

By: Erin
Posted: Feb 11, 2017
Diet: Paleo

Amazing recipe. Used ground beef with lots of spices instead of sausage, it was great.

By: Joana
Posted: Feb 07, 2017
Diet: Original

Made with ground sirloin, not sausage. We oversalted somewhere, but these were really good.

By: Daria
Posted: Oct 31, 2016
Diet: Original