Smoked Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

Smoked Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

1 Review
From:, May 2018

Zucchini holds a flavorful filling of smoky sausage, brown rice and red bell pepper in this healthy dinner recipe. Opt for smoked paprika if you want to give your zucchini an extra burst of smoky flavor.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 medium zucchini (about 2½ pounds)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 4 ounces cooked smoked sausage links, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked
  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  • Prep

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  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut a thin slice off the bottoms so each half sits flat. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a ¼-inch shell. (Discard the pulp or reserve for another use.) Place the zucchini halves in a microwave-safe dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on High until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add rice, sausage and paprika. Cook, stirring, until warmed throughout, about 1 minute more.
  3. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  4. Transfer the zucchini to a broiler-safe pan (or pans). Fill the zucchini halves with the rice mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Broil on the upper rack until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Garnish with scallion greens.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 stuffed zucchini halves
  • Per serving: 283 calories; 16 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 74 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,716 IU vitamin A; 74 mg vitamin C; 151 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 730 mg sodium; 658 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (123% daily value), Vitamin A (34% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, 1 fat, 1 high-fat protein, 1 starch

Reviews 1

December 20, 2018
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By: Willa Burney
I made a LOT of changes to this recipe, basically using it as a base. My family and I have been pretty much meat and potatoes, and I am trying to integrate more veggies into our diet. So. That being said: I omitted the peppers, as we don't care for bell peppers. I added a caramelized onion, and substituted beef smoked sausage for the sausage links, as we aren't a fan of those, either. That being said, these turned out very tasty and filling.
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