Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

Our reader's fan-favorite recipe, a stuffed zucchini made with just 8 ingredients, is the perfect way to turn extra veggies into a satisfying, low-cal meal!
stuffed zucchini

Photo: Ryan Szulc

By Amanda Jaskiewicz

Learn more about selecting, prepping and storing zucchini here!

Serves: 4


  • 3 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 zucchini, halved, seeds and pulp removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare stuffing: In a large saute pan on medium-high, heat 1 tsp oil. Add garlic, onion and mushrooms. Sauté until mushrooms soften, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add remaining 2 tsp oil, vinegar, bread crumbs and Parmesan. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Spoon an equal amount of stuffing into each zucchini half. Bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Nutrients per 1/2 stuffed zucchini: Calories: 110, Total Fat: 5 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 12 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 5 g, Protein: 5 g, Sodium: 135 mg, Cholesterol: 2 mg

Amanda Jaskiewicz
Mesa, Arizona

“I used to grow zucchini in my garden, and in peak season I would have more than I knew what to do with. To avoid any going to waste, I had to be creative – that’s how I came to create this simple and tasty dish!”

  • Katie Kernan

    Question! For freezing and storage, would you bake first and then freeze? Or construct and freeze prior to baking?

  • brookelaziz

    Cool recipe! I wouldn’t want the pulp to go to waste – any suggestions on what to do with it?

    • Anon68

      Personally, I don’t like mushrooms, so I would just mix up the zucchini pulp with the onions & breadcrumbs and use it as the “stuffing”! Kind of like using egg yolks in Deviled Eggs – you don’t just throw them out. :)

      • Salma Nassif

        u are right about not liking mushrooms, they are not good for health. only shiitake and some other kinds are.

        • Rob

          WHAT!? LOL Read up a little and educate yourself on mushrooms before you make such an idiotic statement. At least you were correct about shiitake and others…..GEEEZ

          • Salma Nassif

            an idiot is someone who thinks he got it all figured out by figuring out nutrition profile and classing the zucchinni atoms into labels. a plant is an energy, it is the sum of everything that has made it. mushrooms take toxicity from ground they work well when planted to remove toxic waste from soil or surroundings. just not meant to be consumed. that is macrobiotic’s view of plants as its view of everything else, and it is macrobiotics which has cured all my illnesses and ppls Cancer and other terminal illnesses. western medicine and western science is lacking the spirit and the insight, it is very short sighted and very stupid. chinese traditional medicine, as socrates and other traditional medicines knew what they were talking about. the west is good at making machines, but when it comes to the body and the environment, it knows zero thing because it treats it and views it as a machine too. same way it views a computer. so u remain the idiot YOU are by thinking u got it all figured out, and meanwhile i am priviledged to be called an idiot by an idiot. thank u very much :P

          • Rob

            I laugh louder and longer. You keep chowing down on those magic mushrooms. Wanting / needing to be right is not healthy. Settle down before you give yourself a stroke. In any event, what makes you believe you found the one and only key to knowledge? Don’t be so modest! You obviously could benefit from some disciplinary intervention. Oh, and you are very welcome. God bless..

  • Elyse

    looks delish!



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