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Pizza Zucchini Boats with Pepperoni and Sausage

Pizza Zucchini Boats with Pepperoni and Sausage

A healthy, low-carb, recipe for pizza zucchini boats that is full of Italian sausage, Mozzarella and pepperonis.  Makes a wonderful quick and easy gluten-free dinner recipe for a busy weeknight.

Ingredients (Servings : 4)
  • 4-5 medium-large zucchinis
  • 1-2 T. olive oil + more for zucchini
  • ½ c. onions finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage mild
  • 1 c. spaghetti sauce
  • ½ c. pepperonis small
  • 1 c. Mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley fresh (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut zucchini in half and scoop out insides. Place zucchini pulp in a bowl to reserve for later.
  3. Drizzle about 1 T. olive oil over the insides of the zucchini and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper over each.
  4. Place zucchini on a baking sheet, inside-up, and bake in preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.
  5. In a medium-large sauce pan, place olive oil, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Add Italian sausage and cook over medium heat for an additional 8 minutes, or until sausage is almost done.
  7. Measure out 1 c. of the reserved zucchini pulp. Coarsely chop and then place in the pan with the sausage. Cook over medium heat for another 2-3 minutes, or until zucchini becomes soft.
  8. Reduce heat to a simmer and add spaghetti sauce. Once mixture is heated through, fill each zucchini boat with equal amounts of the sausage mixture. (Each boat will get about ¼ c. of the mixture.)
  9. Top each zucchini boat with Mozzarella and 6-8 small pepperonis.
  10. Return zucchini to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely so the cheese does not burn.
  11. Top with fresh parsley and Parmesan and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from evolvingtable.com/pizza-zucchini-boats-pepperoni-sausage/.