Zucchini Pizza Boats (Easy 30 Minute Recipe)

Zucchini Pizza Boats come together in just 30-minutes. Fully loaded with sausage, mushrooms, peppers and olives, it’s a lower-carb, lower-calorie way to enjoy pizza and sneak some extra veggies into your diet.

If you’re one of those lucky people who has loads of zucchini growing in their garden right now, this recipe is definitely for you. I on the other hand am one of those unlucky (green thumb impaired) people who has one zucchini growing on the ginormous plant that’s taking up about half of my raised garden bed…

But, there also seems to be no shortage of people giving away zucchinis this time of year too… I like being the recipient of those.

Especially because I can make these yummy pizza boats with them!

I like my zucchini pizza boats like I like my pizza. Fully loaded, with all the toppings. Sometimes also known as a “supreme” pizza.

Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats on baking sheet.

How do you make zucchini pizza boats?

Pile on the toppings! I like mine with all the good stuff, so I load them up with:

  • Sausage (you can also use turkey sausage)
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Red Onions

But you can also make these your favorite toppings.

What are some other zucchini pizza boat topping ideas?

  • Hawaiian – Ham, pineapple, red onions
  • Caprese – Fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar
  • Taco Zucchini Boats – Taco meat, cheddar cheese, black olives, salsa, sour cream (maybe even some crumbled tortilla chips on top for extra crunch)

How many calories are in zucchini pizza boats?

  • They have about 429 calories for two zucchini halves. You can cut calories even further by using turkey sausage, or leaving out the sausage entirely. You can also use reduced fat mozzarella cheese or even omit the cheese entirely for a low-fat option. 
Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats with supreme toppings.

Are zucchini pizza boats keto friendly?

  • Yes! These are perfect to enjoy if you’re following a ketogenic diet. They are low carb and filled with protein from the sausage and mozzarella cheese. Zucchini are a keto friendly vegetable because they are grown above ground.

Can you make them ahead of time?

  • You can definitely make these ahead of time and then reheat them in the microwave or in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. If reheating them in the oven, place them in a pan and wrap them tightly with foil. Because they reheat so well, I love to make extras for meal prep. They’re perfect for quick workday lunches.

How would you top your pizza boats? I’d love to hear your favorite flavor combination in the comments below.

If you loved these zucchini pizza boats I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Wine Pairings for Fully Loaded Pizza

  • These pizza toppings of sausage, peppers and olives will pair best with a Syrah, a wine that echoes those flavors with its bold spiciness and notes of green pepper and olive.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe

Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats with supreme toppings.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats come together in just 30-minutes. Fully loaded with sausage, mushrooms, peppers and olives, it’s a lower-carb, lower-calorie way to enjoy pizza and sneak some extra veggies into your diet. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 8 ounces italian link sausage (casing removed)
  • 14 ounce jar pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ((6 ounces))
  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • ½ green pepper (diced)
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced olives
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut each zucchini in half horizontally, then scoop out the seeds. If they don’t lie flat, trim a thin strip from the bottom. Place them on a baking sheet or in a 9×13 casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, 4-6 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in pizza sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Add sausage mixture to each zucchini boat, then top with cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and olives.
  • Place into oven and bake until the zucchini is tender and the cheese has melted, about 12-18 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.
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Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1285mg | Potassium: 1142mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 56.3mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 2.8mg

22 thoughts on “Zucchini Pizza Boats (Easy 30 Minute Recipe)”

    • You’re right Catherine – These would be tons of fun at a party! Especially if you’re lucky enough (or your guests are lucky enough) to have loads of zucchini growing in the backyard.

    • I’m sure that would be amazing Hawnuh! My brother would probably eat these that way too – He always loved just plain cheese and black olives on his pizza!

  1. 5 stars
    I wish my zucchini boats looked this pretty. They look so delish. I like the Caprese toppings suggestion as well. A great healthier option to pizza yet still as satisfying. Thanks for sharing Erin!

  2. These look SO good! I have a ginormo zucchini sitting in my fridge, and now I know what to do with it! Do you think you could freeze these or would they get squishy?

    • Hi Kelsey – Unfortunately, I think these will get squishy in the freezer 🙁
      My best thought would be to blanch the scooped out zucchini in boiling water first, then pack on the ingredients, and then freeze without baking.

  3. 5 stars
    I could eat zucchini for days! My kids on the other hand, not such fans. BUT they do love pizza! Gonna give this one a whirl for them to see if it will entice them to eat more zucchini. Lord knows we have tons of it in our garden right now!

  4. 5 stars
    Erin, I just came across these gorgeous pizza boats and remembered that my other half used to make these during zucchini season. For some reason, they fell off of our summer meal list…but I’m determined to bring ’em back thanks to you 🙂 Yours are gorgeous! Wishing I had some in front of me right NOW. Pinning, sharing, bookmarking…ALL the things 🙂

  5. Hi Erin,
    Love this recipe as it is, however, is there a way to use it as a side dish for Christmas?
    My son loves zuccini😍

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I make it all the time. I make my own spicy pizza sauce and turkey sausage crumbles and it’s delicious! It’s a new staple of mine now. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious I didn’t have pepperoni so I used Turkey apple sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers and olives it was so good.


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