Sausage Stuffed Zucchini and Pasta Dinner

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini And Pasta Dinner

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Vickie Parks

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@Northwestgal

I got the basic recipe from a co-worker and have been making it for nearly 35 years now (though I usually serve it over cooked spaghetti so it's a more complete meal). It's great with fresh garlic bread or rosemary bread sticks.

I've made it using hot Italian sausage too, which is really good (especially if you like a spicy "kick"). But I usually get the pre-ground Sweet Italian sausage in styro-foam packages that you find in the butcher section of most grocery stores. It's a lot more convenient (and less messy) than getting links and then having to remove the sausage from their casings.

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Serves:
4
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 4 small
    zucchini
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil
  • 1 small
    onion, chopped
  • 1 small
    green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-pound pkg
    ground sweet italian sausage
  • 2 tsp
    fresh basil, chopped finely
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 1/4 cups
    marinara sauce
  • 1 cup
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz
    package spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup
    fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

How to Make Sausage Stuffed Zucchini and Pasta Dinner

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise (to produce 8 zucchini "boats" or shells). Using a spoon, scrape out the zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4 inch margin of flesh on all sides. Chop the removed zucchini; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped zucchini, onion, bell pepper, sausage, basil and salt, and cook 8 minutes (or until sausage is thoroughly cooked). Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture frequently to help break up the sausage while it cooks.
  4. Pour marinara sauce in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange zucchini halves (cut side up) over marinara sauce. Spoon the sausage mixture into the zucchini shells. Top each with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover baking dish with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and bake (uncovered) for 5 minutes more.
  6. While zucchini is baking, cook spaghetti according to package directions, and drain well.
  7. To serve, divide cooked spaghetti among 4 individual plates (it should be about 1 cup cooked spaghetti for each serving). Spoon some of the hot marinara sauce over spaghetti, then top each mound of spaghetti with 2 zucchini halves. Garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.

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About Sausage Stuffed Zucchini and Pasta Dinner

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian



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