Unstuffed Zucchini Boats

     This easy one pan dish is perfect for busy nights.  All the flavors work together and we like this served over either steamed rice or cooked penne pasta.  Hope you enjoy this dish. Diane 

Unstuffed Zucchini Boats 
*an easy one pan meal 

  • 1 pound ground beef (I use a mix of 93% and 80% together) 
  • 2 medium sized zucchini, washed & cut in half, then cut in 1/4" slices
  • 1 large green bell pepper, washed & chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 24 ounce jar of pasta sauce (your choice) I use 1 Quart of my own Roasted Spaghetti Sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste 


     Place 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil into a large pan. Brown ground beef or turkey in a large pan along with the onion and bell pepper.  Drain off any excess grease if needed.  Add in garlic and other seasonings. Stir well to prevent garlic from scorching.  Add in zucchini and stir.  Cover pan with lid and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the zucchini is starting to cook through.  Remove lid and add in spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook a final 5 minutes.  Serve topped with grated or shaved parmesean cheese. I serve this over either cooked steamed rice or cooked penne pasta. 

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