Monday, September 15, 2014

Stuffed Zucchini

This stuffed zucchini, topped with sauce and ooey gooey cheese will make you think you are dining in an amazing Italian restaurant.

Hun... What's for Dinner?- Ooey Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

I LOVE zucchini. I may be the only one in this family. Hubby isn't a big veggie eater, unless it's covered in cheese or dressing, and the kids well they think they don't like certain veggies (even though I sneak many of them into some of the foods I make). So, when we visited the farmers market the other week, and I was able to get a bunch of zucchini for $3, I was so excited. I LOVE zucchini. I love it sauteed with garlic and Parmesan, I love it in zucchini bread, I love it in pasta sauce, lasagna and in soups. This time, I decided I wanted to stuff it, top it with sauce and ooey gooey cheese.

I had made something similar to this, when we were visiting my Mother in Law, this past summer. She is like me and loves veggies. We had part of a huge zucchini to use up, so she suggested making stuffed zucchini. We enjoyed it so much, I knew I wanted to recreate it here, at home, to share on my blog. The smell of this zucchini baking was intoxicating. It smelled like lasagna, or a nice cheesy pasta, baking. The taste was very reminiscent of lasagna as well. Mr B surprised me, and actually ate some, saying it tasted like a yummy meatless lasagna. This is a delicious way to use up the last of that summer bounty of zucchini.

Hun... What's for Dinner?- Ooey Gooey Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs butter
3 medium zucchini
4 button mushrooms
1 small onion
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 C garlic croutons, crushed
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
salt & pepper
1 C marinara sauce
1 1/2 C shredded marble cheddar, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut zucchini in half and using a spoon, scrape out the insides; leaving a 1/4 inch border of flesh. Roughly chop the flesh which has been scooped out. Place zucchini shells in a baking dish and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet, heat the oil, over medium heat. Melt in the butter and once it begins to sizzle, add in the onion and mushrooms. Once the onions become translucent, add in the garlic and cook until it become fragrant; about 1 minute. Add in the zucchini flesh and season with oregano, basil, a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until zucchini pulp begins to soften; about 2 minutes.

Place zucchini mixture into a bowl and let cool 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 C cheese and crushed croutons; until well combined. Scoop mixture into zucchini shells and top each with equal amounts of marinara sauce and cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until zucchini shells are tender. Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

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Patty Anderson said...

This is a great recipe. Simple and delicious.

Nettie Moore said...

These are my favorite, works for my lo carbing now! Nettie

Melynda Brown said...

this sounds really good!

Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade said...

I'm with you on the zucchini, I love it! We eat it at least once a week here :) I can't wait to try these!

Found you on Lou Lou girls!

Cynthia Landrie said...

I am like you, I love zucchini! No matter how you fix it, I love it. Glad to find a new recipe. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

Michelle Meche said...

I like zucchini too.

When you mentioned that this is like lasagna, I got excited. My husband tries to eat low carb and this will be a great way to get that lasagna flavor without the pasta.

Kimberly Lewis said...

This looks scrumptious! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

April J Harris said...

Love this recipe, Cindy! So many stuffed zucchini recipes involve meat, it's great to see a delicious vegetarian version! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)