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Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats

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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.  A recipe so simple, even your kids can join in the kitchen to help make these fun and yummy zucchini pepperoni pizza boats.  

 

I guess there’s no shame in really loving zucchini boats.  Even though I’m a pasta gal who loves carbs and her pasta.

And despite the hollowing, stuffing-topping-baking session, it is the easiest meal in the world to put together!

My family loves pepperoni pizza, so when my girls flew down to stay in Charleston for a while and requested a no-carb dinner,  these zucchini pepperoni pizza boats came to mind – it was a no brainer. 

 

 

 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

So delicious! I could have eaten the entire thing.  The crunchy texture on the bottom was perfect, with soft bites – just like a pizza!

Crazy right?  That combination is a wonderful solution for a delicious way to enjoy your favorite pepperoni pizza without any carbs… whats-so-ever!   

It’s filling is simply marinara sauce, grated cheese, shredded mozzarella and topped with pepperoni slices.

 

 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

And, I have to tell you, I didn’t take photos the first time I made them, so I had to make a second small batch again the next morning just to get these photos for this post. Yep, I did. 

I didn’t mind, I had them for lunch.  🙂

 

So let’s get started!

 

Ingredients Needed for Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats:

  • zucchini

  • seasonings, salt, and pepper

  • prepared marinara sauce

  • grated pecorino cheese

  • shredded mozzarella cheese  (whole milk or part-skim)

  • pepperoni slices

 

 

*Full recipe card below!

To Make These Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats:

1.  You will need to rinse the nukes 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. 

 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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 Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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

 

Cook’s Notes and Tips:

Do We Need to Scrape or Peel the Zucchini? 

It 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, it’s just faster and easier for me.  

 

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! 

 

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 zucchini pepperoni pizza boats.  You may recall our older post for zucchini stuffed with bolognese and cheeseIt too is fantastic!

 

 

More Tasty Zucchini Boats! 

 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Your family will LOVE these zucchini pepperoni pizza boats!  

This is such a delicious dish, I bet you will make these over and over again.  For me, it made dinner a pleasure to put together.  I served it with a green salad on the side.  I think you should make it!

ENJOY!! 

 

 

Finally, More Reasons to LOVE Zucchini!

 

 

Yield: 2 servings

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Boats by 2sistersrecipes.com
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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

2 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152
Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Delish.

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Happy Cooking  🙂

xo Anna and Liz

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan
    March 20, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Great idea and they look delicious! I may not even miss the pizza crust 🙂

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      March 20, 2020 at 9:47 am

      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! 🙂

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