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 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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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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.
More zucchini boat recipes:
More quick & easy recipes:
- 30-Minute Thai Beef Stir Fry with Basil & Chiles
- 30-Minute BLT Pasta ($30 Date Night)
- 30-Minute Thai Beef Salad
- 30 Minute Easy Chicken Marsala
Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe
30-Minute Zucchini Pizza Boats
- 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.