Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats

Try these Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats as your next no-carb meal!  With only 5 ingredients, this is a fantastic, quick and easy, satisfying, and perfect meal you can whip up in minutes. 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats..

Even though we love our carbs, these Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats are amazingly delicious! The crunchy texture on the bottom was perfect, with soft bites – just like a pizza! Crazy right? 

This combination is a wonderful solution for a delicious way to enjoy your favorite pepperoni pizza without any carbs or gluten… what’s-so-ever!   

The filling is simply our mom’s quick marinara sauce, grated cheese, shredded mozzarella, and topped with pepperoni slices. It’s delish! For more delicious recipes for zucchini try our Baby Zucchini Recipe, Zucchini Lasagna without Noodles, and our Zucchini Rollatini with Spinach & Cheese. And, for more zucchini boats, don’t miss our Zucchini Stuffed with Bolognese and Cheese. 

There are 4 Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats served on a white platter.

Reasons to LOVE these Zucchini Boats…

  • A recipe so simple, even your kids can join in on the fun to make these yummy zucchini pepperoni pizza boats. 
  • Perfect for Keto, Gluten-free, and Low-Calorie meals.
  • And despite the hollowing, stuffing-topping-baking session, it is the easiest meal in the world to put together!
  • Low-Carbs meals your whole family will love.
  • The best part?  Two zucchini pizza boats are only 152 calories! (yay!!)
There are 3 zucchini boats topped with sliced pepperoni served on a white platter.

So let’s get started!

How to make these Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats?

With a few zucchini’s along with some marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices, that’s basically all you need. The rest is easy!

Ingredients needed:

  • zucchini
  • seasonings, salt, and pepper
  • prepared marinara sauce
  • grated pecorino cheese
  • shredded mozzarella cheese  (whole milk or part-skim)
  • one package of pepperoni slices

(*Follow along with our Easy to Follow- STEP-BY-STEP Directions!)

Directions To Make It:

1.  First, you will need to rinse the zucchini and then slice them lengthwise. 

2.  Then use a small spoon to scrape and scoop some of the flesh out to hollow out each one (see my notes about the flesh below).

3.  Transfer zucchini to a baking dish. 

4 zucchini are hollowed out and placed in a baking pan.

4.  Next, spoon some marinara sauce into each zucchini, then sprinkle with grated cheese and then with shredded mozzarella.  There’s no need for exact measurements, more or less is fine. 

5.  Bake at 350 degrees F,  for 15 minutes.  Then remove them from the oven and top each zucchini with a few slices of pepperoni. 

Zucchini stuffed with tomato sauce and cheese and baked, then topped with pepperoni slices in a baking pan.

6. Finally,  return them back to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove from oven, transfer to a serving platter and now your scrumptious zucchini pepperoni pizza boats are ready to serve! 

Storing Leftovers…

  • Store leftovers in airtight containers and in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: These boats freeze beautifully, and for up to 1 month.

Questions & Answers…

1. Do We Need to Scrape or Peel the Zucchini?  It’s not necessary to scrape or peel them, especially if they are organic.  Give them a good rinse and slice them in halves.  If they are not organic,  I prefer to scrape the zucchini using a knife, rather than peel them, it’s just faster and easier for me.  

2. What To Do With the Remaining Flesh of the Zucchini? You can use all that perfectly good zucchini flesh!  I place the extra flesh into a sealed container and save it in the fridge, but I recommend using it within a few days. I may chop the flesh and toss them into my soups.  Or it’s perfect to use it with our recipe for death by chocolate zucchini muffins and our best zucchini bread, then you can freeze your baked goods! 

3. Can We Use a Different Tomato Sauce? Yes, you can!  You can use your favorite meat sauce or any tomato sauce of your choice and even jarred sauce to make these boats. 

More Zucchini Recipes You’ll Love!

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xo anna and liz

Yield: 2 servings

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats served on a white platter.
Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats are delicious, quick and easy to serve the whole family.  With only 5 ingredients, you can have this no-carb meal whipped up in minutes.  A recipe so simple, even your kids can join in the kitchen to help make these fun and yummy zucchini pepperoni pizza boats.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 medium-size zucchini - rinsed
  • 1 cup prepared marinara sauce
  • grated pecorino cheese
  • shredded mozzarella
  • 1 package sliced pepperoni
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Lightly spray a (3 quart) baking dish or a Pyrex dish with cooking oil and set aside.
  2. On a cutting board, slice zucchini lengthwise, using a teaspoon and scoop out the seeds from the center and lightly scrape the sides to remove all seeds from the zucchini, then transfer on a baking dish. Lightly season hollowed zucchini with some salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  3. Fill each zucchini boat with some marinara sauce. Scatter on top with some grated pecorino cheese, about 1 teaspoon or more, if needed. Then top with some shredded mozzarella.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden color. Carefully remove from oven and top with sliced pepperoni on top of each boat.
  5. Then return the baking dish to the oven and continue to bake for an additional 10 or 12 minutes. Zucchini is also done when you poke it with a fork to see if they are tender.
  6. Remove and transfer to a serving platter, then serve.
  7. Yields: 2 zucchini boats per person.


I made only 2 servings, which gives each serving 2 zucchini boats. If you need to make additional servings, just double the ingredients and have fun!

Nutrition Information:


2 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving (2 boats)

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 12.1gFiber: 5.4gProtein: 12.1g

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  1. What a great idea! I love zucchini in any form, and they’re doing really well in the garden this year. Can’t wait to make these!

    1. Thanks so much Mimi! These are terrific for an easy dinner or lunch! Enjoy! 😉

    1. That is exactly right! We didn’t miss the pizza crust! You will postivily love these zucchini boats! Stay safe and stay in the kitchen! 🙂