30-Minute Zucchini Pizza Boats

Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats with supreme toppings.

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 your. 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 zucchini 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 fully loaded 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 zucchini pizza boats with any ofˆyour 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 – 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?

  • As prepared, these fully loaded zucchini pizza boats 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?

  • Zucchini pizza boats 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 these zucchini pizza boats ahead of time?

  • You can definitely make these zucchini pizza boats 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. These zucchini pizza boats are perfect for quick workday lunches.

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

Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats with supreme toppings.

30-Minute Zucchini Pizza Boats

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minute, healthy, pizza, pizza boat, pizza boats, zucchini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 429 kcal

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. 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 9x13 casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. 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.
  4. Add sausage mixture to each zucchini boat, then top with cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and olives.
  5. Place into oven and bake until the zucchini is tender and the cheese has melted, about 12-18 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.

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.

Nutrition Facts
30-Minute Zucchini Pizza Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1285mg 54%
Potassium 1142mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 26.5%
Vitamin C 68.3%
Calcium 26.7%
Iron 15.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Zucchini Pizza Boats:

  • 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.

Overhead shot of zucchini pizza boats with supreme toppings.

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13 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    Zucchini boats would be so fun to make as a group for a dinner party—or even with kids! I can totally see my girls getting excited about putting on their favorite toppings.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      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.

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  2. Hawnuh Lee

    These look so lovely! I am all about those olives though, might just do one with that 😀

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    1. Erin

      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!

      Reply

  3. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    I can’t stop looking at these. They are so pretty and colorful! And just how I like to eat: lots of color and textures and flavor. What a great pizza alternative, Erin!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – I’ll bet you could even make them dairy free!

      Reply

  4. Breona Graper

    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!

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  5. Kelsey

    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?

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    1. Erin

      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.

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  6. Mary

    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!

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    1. Erin

      Let me know what they think Mary!

      Reply

  7. traci

    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 🙂

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    1. Erin

      So happy I could help out Traci!

      Reply

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