Fresh from the Garden: Zucchini Boats

Now is the time to use Mother Nature’s gift from your (or your friends) garden! I don’t have a green thumb but I do like to use the fresh goodies that my friends have grown in their vegetable gardens. In return I make sure to document and share the recipes I created. The zucchini boats came to be as a the result of an overgrown zucchini and plenty of herbs. You can make them ahead of time and you don’t have to use such a huge zucchini. Mine was 15″ long with a diameter of about 4″! For those big zucchinis make sure to use a good knife when you cut them so you end up with 2 halves and not 1/4 and 3/4. I used my favorite chef’s knife from Fissler.┬áThe fresh garden tomatoes are sometimes hard to cut as well. Here I love to use my serrated tomato knife from Wenger. (On a side note I use only 2 more knives in my kitchen, a bread knife and a vegetable┬áknife. That’s all I need and of course a good sharpening steel.) But now back to the Zucchini Boats. Here you go:

Zucchini Boats

Serves 6-8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Zucchini boats are filled with ground beef, fresh herbs, garden tomatoes and topped with cheese. This recipe can be prepared ahead.


  • 1 Overgrown Zucchini (Cut lengthwise in half)
  • 2lb Ground Beef
  • 1 handful Parseley (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 handful Basil (finely chopped)
  • 1 Large Garden Tomato (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 cup Raclette Cheese (freshly grated)


Preheat oven to 400F.
In a big bowl mix all ingredients except for the zucchini and the cheese.
Remove the softer middle of the zucchini.
Fill the zucchini halves with the ground beef mixture.
Position on a cookie sheet or an oven pan.
Place the pan in the oven for about 30 minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of the zucchini and the thickness of the meat filling.
Spread the cheese over the zucchini boats and leave in the oven for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with rice or fresh baguette.
Zucchini Boat with Rice


I used raclette cheese for this recipe but any kind of nicely melting, flavorful cheese will do.

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