This is a recipe that my niece, Amanda from Seattle, fixed this weekend and passed on to us. I decided to fix it this evening since we have an abundance of zucchini and always need a new recipe to use some of it up. It was wonderful, I wanted to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


1 1/4 cups pasta sauce (I used our homemade sauce, but any of your favorite brand will do)

4 medium zucchini

1 tsp oil

1/2 small onion, finely diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

14 oz lean Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing (or your favorite sasuage)

1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella

8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4″ thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside.

Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.

Place 1/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 12″ baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut side up.

In a large saute pan, brown sausage, breaking up as it cooks into smaller pieces until browned; set aside. Heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on a medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook about 2-3 minutes. Combine with sausage and cook a few more minutes.

Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup cooked sausage, pressing firmly. Top each with 2 tablespoons each of sauce, 1 tablespoon each of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon each of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.

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