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Stuffed Vegetarian Zucchini Pizza Boats

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Hollowed-out zucchini is loaded with tangy marinara sauce, perfectly seasoned veggies, and gooey mozzarella cheese to create these tasty, stuffed vegetarian zucchini boats. A healthier alternative to traditional pizza, this pizza zucchini boats recipe is easy to make and is packed with flavor! Ready in under 30 minutes, and kid-friendly, it’s an easy low-carb dinner idea the whole family can enjoy!

easy healthy vegetarian low carb zucchini pizza boats recipe on a white tray

Who doesn’t love pizza? This party dish is a classic for a reason – something dreamlike happens when you combine savory tomato sauce, softened veggies, and melty cheese.

My Margherita flatbread and healthy pita pizza are always big hits at my house, but I love experimenting with new and healthy ways to make pizza. Over the years, I’ve gotten creative with my pizza flavors, and these delicious zucchini pizza boats are my new favorite! It is so easy to make and is bursting with classic Italian flavors that everyone is sure to love! 

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These satisfying and tasty low-calorie zucchini pizza boats are perfect for anyone with a gluten allergy, those that are eating low-carb, or whoever is trying to eat a little healthier. By replacing carb-loaded pizza crust with equally delicious baked zucchini, you can easily turn your favorite cheat meal into a delicious, gluten-free, low-calorie lunch or weeknight dinner.

This recipe is a delicious way to satisfy all of your pizza cravings! It’s great during the summer months and zucchini season, or really for any time of year.

The best part? These low carb pizza boats are a true 30-minute meal – they can be made from start to finish in less than 25 minutes! 

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Packed with pizza flavor: Once cooked, zucchini has a very mild flavor, making it the perfect base for loads of fun pizza toppings.
  • The perfect way to make a healthy personal pizza!
  • Kid-friendly
  • Great for meal prep (chop everything, hollow out your zucchini, and store in the fridge, then just assemble and bake when ready to serve!)
  • Vegetarian and easily made vegan
  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Easy to customize, great for pizza night!
  • Best vegetarian zucchini boats ever!

🥘 Ingredients

These pizza stuffed zucchini boats can be made with basic ingredients found in your pantry or your local grocery store! For detailed instructions and nutrition information, see the recipe card below.

ingredients for pizza zucchini boats
  • Fresh Zucchini: You’ll need large or medium zucchini. When the insides of the zucchinis are hollowed out, it creates a great vessel to carry all your favorite pizza toppings. If you can’t find zucchini, summer squash would also work.
  • Marinara Sauce: Because pizza wouldn’t be pizza without the acidic bite of a good pizza sauce. Jarred or homemade will both work nicely.
  • Melty Mozzarella Cheese: When melted, turns delightfully gooey and holds all your pizza toppings together. You can also use shredded parmesan cheese, feta cheese, or an Italian cheese blend.
  • Vegetables: Onion, garlic, mushrooms, baby spinach, and black olives are used to top your saucy, cheesy pizza boats. But you can add any of your favorite pizza toppings to customize this to your preferences (see the variations section below for suggestions!)
  • Seasonings: These healthy low-carb zucchini boats get that rich pizza flavor from dried Italian seasoning, and a little bit of salt, pepper, and fresh basil.

📖 Variations

One of the best things about this zucchini pizza boat recipe is how customizable it is! Any of your favorite pizza toppings can easily be added to this recipe. Below are a few of my favorite topping combinations. 

  • Create Barbecue Pizza Zucchini Boats by filling your zucchini with barbecue sauce, red onion, sliced bell peppers, a dash of chili powder, and plenty of mozzarella cheese. Add black beans for more protein!
  • You can easily make Buffalo Cauliflower inspired pizza by stuffing these healthy zucchini boats with buffalo sauce, baked cauliflower, chickpeas, celery, green onions, blue cheese, and top with a drizzle of ranch. 
  • Pesto Margarita Stuffed Zucchini can be made by filling your pizza zucchini boats with a mixture of pesto, cherry tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella. Top your baked boats with fresh basil, dried oregano, and a drizzle of olive oil. Add some bread crumbs on top for additional crunch!
  • Keto Zucchini Pizza Boats: This recipe already works for a low-carb diet, as it’s quite low in net carbs, coming in at just 14 grams of net carbohydrates per serving. But to reduce the carbs even further, and for added protein, you can swap out the veggies for your favorite meat filling – Italian sausage or turkey sausage, shredded chicken, or mini pepperoni slices (or turkey pepperoni) would all work well.
  • Additional Filling Ideas: You can really add any of your favorite toppings to these easy zucchini pizza boats! Try diced red onions, green pepper, fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary, diced pineapple, diced broccoli, crushed red pepper flakes, scoops of ricotta cheese or shredded cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella, or diced plum tomatoes.

🔪 How To Make Vegetarian Zucchini Boats

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté your onion, garlic, mushrooms, and spinach in a bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. (You can also use avocado oil). Stir occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 3-5 minutes.

veggies sauteeing in a pan

Add your Italian spices, salt, and black pepper. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. 

veggies sauteeing in a pan

Prep your zucchini: Wash zucchini, trim ends, then slice in half lengthways. Then, using your knife, a small spoon, or a melon baller, scoop out the zucchini flesh and seeds. 

hollowed out zucchini on a baking sheet

Place the zucchini halves onto a prepared baking sheet (flesh side up) and fill the center of each zucchini half with marinara sauce, your cooked mushroom mix, and sliced olives. You can also use a casserole dish if you don’t have a large baking sheet.

mushroom filling added to zucchini

Lastly, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese on top.

mozzarella cheese added to zucchini

Bake your pizza boats in a 375°F oven for 15 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Top with fresh basil and serve warm. 

easy low carb pizza zucchini boats out of the oven

❓Recipe FAQs

Can I make pizza boats with vegetables other than zucchini?

Although I’ve never tried it, I would imagine that you could create a similar boat shape out of yellow squash or spaghetti squash. I also think that hollowed-out bell peppers or eggplant would work well.

Do I need to peel my zucchini?

Nope! Zucchini skin is perfectly edible and is actually packed full of nutrients that are super good for you.

Can zucchini pizza boats be made vegan?

Absolutely! Simply swap out the mozzarella cheese for a plant-based alternative.

How many calories are in a pizza on average?

One slice of pizza can range from about 270-450 calories! This is why these pizza boats are so awesome – two huge pieces have only about 240 calories!

Are baked zucchini pizza boats healthy?

Yes! By swapping out carb-heavy pizza dough for fiber-packed, low-carb zucchini, these healthy pizza boats are high in fiber (one serving has 5g fiber) and high in protein (one serving has 13g protein), low in carbs, low fat, and low calorie! Zucchini is also rich in Vitamin C and A – making it a powerhouse veggie!

🧊 How To Store

To Refrigerate: Place any leftover pizza zucchini boats in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

To Reheat: Place your refrigerated pizza boats onto a lined baking tray (with parchment paper) and pop them into a 350°F oven until warmed to your liking. 

Note: Zucchini does not freeze well, so I do not recommend freezing these healthy zucchini pizza boats. They will become mushy and watery when you try to defrost them!

👨‍👩‍👧 How To Serve

When I’m in a rush, I like serving these cheesy pizza zucchini boats alongside a variety of side dishes like a fresh garden salad, french fries, or roasted veggies

For a slightly fancier spread, try serving your pizza boats with a side of parmesan kale chips, easy garlic cheese buns, or steamed asparagus with pecorino

💭 Expert Tips

  • Be sure to scoop out all of the zucchini seeds! The seedy center of zucchini is filled with water, so any seeds left behind will release moisture in the oven, leaving you with soggy pizza boats. 
  • For a crispy cheese topping, try throwing these zucchini pizza bites under the broiler for a few minutes before serving. 
  • When serving to kids, I recommend pre-slicing these vegetarian zucchini pizza boats to make them easier for little mouths to bite into.
  • Note: The baking time for this recipe depends both on the size of your zucchini and how thick the zucchini shells are / how much you scooped out of the middle. For thicker / bigger zucchini, you may need a slightly longer baking time. You want the zucchini to be tender but not mushy, and still have a bite to it.
easy healthy vegetarian low carb zucchini pizza boats recipe on a white tray

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easy healthy vegetarian low carb zucchini pizza boats recipe on a white tray
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Vegetarian Pizza Zucchini Boats

Hollowed-out zucchini is loaded with tangy marinara sauce, perfectly seasoned veggies, and gooey mozzarella cheese to create these tasty, stuffed vegetarian zucchini boats. A healthier alternative to traditional pizza, these pizza zucchini boats are easy to make and packed with flavor! Ready in under 30 minutes, and kid-friendly, it's an easy low-carb dinner idea the whole family can enjoy!
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded baby spinach
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 large zucchini
  • ¼ cup marinara sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • sliced olives
  • fresh basil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Heat oil and sauté the onion, garlic, mushrooms, spinach until softened. Add the Italian herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool while preparing the zucchini.
  • Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a small spoon, remove the seeds.
  • Place the zucchinis on the prepared baking tray, flesh side up.
  • Spread 2 tbsp of marinara sauce over the center of each zucchini boat. Layer each boat with the cooked mushroom mix, sliced olives and top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until zucchini is cooked through and tender.

Video

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Notes

  • Note: the baking time for this recipe depends both on the size of your zucchini and how thick the zucchini shells are / how much you scooped out of the middle. For thicker / bigger zucchini, you may need a slightly longer baking time. You want the zucchini to be tender but not mushy, and still have a bite to it.  
  • Be sure to scoop out all of the zucchini seeds! The seedy center of zucchini is filled with water, so any seeds left behind will release moisture in the oven, leaving you with soggy pizza boats. 
  • For a crispy cheese topping, try throwing these zucchini pizza bites under the broiler for a few minutes before serving. 
  • When serving to kids, I recommend pre-slicing these vegetarian zucchini pizza boats to make them easier for little mouths to bite into.
  • Zucchini boats can be filled with any of your favorite pizza toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 2pizza boats | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 1246mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g

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18 responses to “Stuffed Vegetarian Zucchini Pizza Boats”

  1. Exactly what I was looking for! The red onions and garlic were my favorite additions and really made it taste like pizza5 stars

  2. I have tons of zucchini growing in my garden right now, so I can’t wait to use it to make this recipe!5 stars

  3. I love the idea of using zucchini boats for pizza! They came out so delicious and my family loved it!5 stars

  4. These look absolutely delicious! I love that they are stuffed and topped with all of my favorite pizza toppings. 🙂5 stars

  5. We love making these. My little ones even love them and I love how easy it is to customize it to their specific liking.5 stars

  6. These are the best looking zucchini boats I’ve seen! My kids would go crazy for them. Can’t wait to try this out thank you for the recipe!5 stars

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