Zucchini Pizza Boats


Turkey pepperoni, olives and diced tomato fill these stuffed zucchini boats. Ricotta and melted mozzarella cheese make this a fun twist on pizza without all the carbs.

zucchini pizza boats on a white cutting board
Photo: Jen Causey
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 boats
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 medium zucchini

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped white onion

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

  • 1 ½ cups diced plum tomatoes

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce

  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 12 slices turkey pepperoni, halved

  • 3 tablespoons sliced black olives

  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and, using a teaspoon, remove most of the flesh, leaving 1/2-inch-thick shells. Coarsely chop half of the flesh; discard the remaining flesh or reserve it for another use. Place the zucchini shells on a baking sheet and sprinkle with pepper. Bake until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped zucchini, onion and garlic; cook until the onion starts to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and marinara sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates, about 2 more minutes. Divide the zucchini mixture evenly among the zucchini shells. Top evenly with ricotta, pepperoni and olives. Sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella.

  3. Switch oven to broil and place a rack 8 inches from the heat. Broil the zucchini boats until the cheese is browned, about 5 minutes. Top with basil and crushed red pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
15g Fat
17g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 boats
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Vitamin A 1575IU 31%
Vitamin C 47mg 53%
Folate 75mcg 19%
Sodium 498mg 22%
Calcium 279mg 21%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 64mg 15%
Potassium 911mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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