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Who doesn’t LOVE pizza!?!  This recipe has everything there is to love about pizza…the warm gooey bubbly cheese, with the slightly sweet sauce, all piled onto one of summers best veggies…ZUCCHINI!!! One serving is 2 large zucchini boats for only  about 200 calories, and packed with 18 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving, which means it will keep you feeling satisfied longer!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 25-30 Minutes.


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.


In a large non-stick skillet, combine ground turkey, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, (and basil and oregano if you desire).  Cook over med-high heat until turkey is brown and cooked through.


While the turkey is cooking, make the ‘zucchini boats’ by scooping the seeds from center of each zucchini half, using a spoon or melon baller. This will make 8 long ‘zucchini boats’. Set boats in baking dish, placing them side by side.


Once the ground turkey is browned, add the pizza/pasta sauce and parmesan cheese to the skillet, and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened up.


Spoon turkey mixture into zucchini boats. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of each boat.


Bake zucchini boats for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.


4Large zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 lb (2 cups) Lean ground turkey or boca meat style crumbles, or ground turkey sausage
1/4 cupsOnion, diced
2 tspGarlic powder
1/2 tspSalt
1/4 tspPepper
1 cup Pizza or pasta sauce1
2 tbsGrated parmesan
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Optional2 tbs basil, 2 tbs oregano

1 Any variety with about 100 calories or less per 1/2 cup serving

Nutrition Breakdown

4 Servings (8 zucchini halves)
250 Calories Per Serving
13 g Fat
13 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber
5 g Sugar
32 g Protein
8 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Tina said:

Yet another fabulous recipe to star from the awesome Katie! :)

August 28th, 2010 — 7:14am  |  Reply

Veggielady4life said:

These look delicious! Great idea!

August 28th, 2010 — 10:51am  |  Reply

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said:

My husband is NOT a zucchini fan, but I’m thinking this recipe might win him over! ;)

August 28th, 2010 — 11:14am  |  Reply

Meg said:

What a brilliant recipe! I’ve been looking for new things to do with zucchini– this definitely fits the bill.

August 28th, 2010 — 12:18pm  |  Reply

Lisa @ I'm an Okie said:

another katie delight! I love it! Im saving it :)

August 28th, 2010 — 7:39pm  |  Reply

Sami said:

eurekaaaa. again :D you always have the most creative stuff! xo.

August 30th, 2010 — 9:51am  |  Reply

Jen said:

YUMMMMMM!!!!! I can’t wait to try and make these, they look incredible!


August 31st, 2010 — 3:39pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

I made this for dinner a couple nights ago after seeing it on here and mmmmmm :P it was DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

September 2nd, 2010 — 11:45am  |  Reply

Lisa said:

TOTALLY just made this! Its delicious! =)

September 4th, 2010 — 3:18am  |  Reply

Lizzy said:

I just made something very similar only using spaghetti squash as the filling. Looks delicious!

September 16th, 2010 — 7:13am  |  Reply

Jessica said:

I just make this for dinner. My husband and kids all liked it! I’m so excited to add this to my recipe collection. It’s so good! We made your Pumpking “Milkshake” for dessert. Loved it too! Thanks!

October 6th, 2010 — 7:56pm  |  Reply

Melissa said:

Just made this and had to come here immediately to gush over how AMAZING it was. Thanks for the great recipe!

November 5th, 2010 — 6:20pm  |  Reply

Chris said:

I know this has been out for a while. We have made it many times already! And we tell everyone about it! Yum! A great intro to your site for new readers!

November 16th, 2010 — 9:03am  |  Reply

Kelsy said:

My pizzucchini boats are in the oven right now! can’t wait to try them. :D

November 17th, 2010 — 3:17pm  |  Reply

tasha said:

I made these day…so yummy! They were surprisingly filling also. I’m thinking these will be go to “pizza!” Thanks, Katie!!

January 5th, 2011 — 1:42pm  |  Reply

Ashley Thrasher said:

This is one of my favorite dishes to make! It is so satisfying!

January 12th, 2011 — 11:55am  |  Reply

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

I know this is an old post, but I just saw the recipe and I TOTALLY want to make this. I looove zucchini so it sounds like the perfect thing for me :)

March 14th, 2011 — 6:46pm  |  Reply

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said:

this is one of my fav DD recipes!

March 17th, 2011 — 7:20am  |  Reply

Ana Maria said:

i really apperciate the way that you use similar ingredients in your recipes! It makes it easier to grocery shop!

March 17th, 2011 — 12:06pm  |  Reply

Catherine C. said:

My sorority sisters were so impressed with this meal and wanted to try it when i made it! It had nothing but great reviews from all of us!

March 17th, 2011 — 5:28pm  |  Reply

Jay said:

this recipe was great. really enjoyed it. i added thyme to the herb list.

March 17th, 2011 — 6:56pm  |  Reply

Hannah (mindrunningwild) said:

I love any kid of squash, so this is perfect.

March 17th, 2011 — 6:57pm  |  Reply

Cat said:

This is my first post on your site and I must say I’ve loved everything I’ve made so far. I made this the other night for dinner and my 15 year old daughter even liked it!!! I had some leftover peppers I chopped up and added for extra vegies. Took the leftovers to work the next day and everyone was jealous! Great for a gluten free pizza option!

March 17th, 2011 — 8:33pm  |  Reply

Elizabeth said:

I make these a few times a month, they are great!! My husband can’t have wheat so they are a great alternative

March 18th, 2011 — 4:28pm  |  Reply

Erika @ Dr.TriRunner said:

YUMM!! I haven’t completely given up on pizza since going GF – and this is another perfect option! My favorite “pizza substitute” right now is a spinach salad with cooked ground bison, and sauteed red onions and cherry tomatoes. Annnd a little parm. :D

March 20th, 2011 — 7:24am  |  Reply

Rach said:

Oh wow these look delicious!! What a brilliant idea to use the zucchini!

May 17th, 2011 — 9:17am  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Wow! These were so delicious and filling! What an awesome substitute for crust! I used some leftover ground chicken instead of turkey, yum! I’m so glad I found your site!

May 22nd, 2011 — 7:05pm  |  Reply

Maggie said:

I made these last weekend and was shocked at how delicious/filling they were… I made 4 boats and could only get through about 2 1/2! My fiance even tried a bite and said he could actually get into those instead of real pizza!

May 24th, 2011 — 10:37am  |  Reply

Amanda said:

I made these this week and even ‘MY’ husband loved them, he told me to make sure that you knew he ate 2 boats lol we paired it with the greek salad pita pizza fantastic dinner.

May 27th, 2011 — 6:40pm  |  Reply

Dana Jenkins said:

I made these today for lunch, my entire family enjoyed them. Husband and ten year old daughter (which is a feat, she is a very picky eater). This is the first time I have tried turkey breakfast sausage. It is wonderful, will not be eating any other again. I am amazed at how good your recipes and the ingredients are, just goes to show that when someone says “try it you’ll like it” it might be true! I have always loved fattening, starchy foods so this is a big healthy change for me. Thanks Katie for taking the time to figure out how to make these healthy alternatives.

June 14th, 2011 — 12:49pm  |  Reply

Mallory said:

I made this tonight, but instead of using turkey I crumbled up garden burgers to resemble ground meat, and I added about a cup of chopped mushroom. You couldn’t tell I had used the mushroom, so it was a good way to sneak in another vegetable, and really added bulk to the filing. I also added some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a kick. I loved that the zucchini stayed crunchy, while the filing was warm and delicious. Thanks Katie!

September 14th, 2011 — 6:46pm  |  Reply

Alexandra said:

I made this but as a devoted animal cruelty free lifestyle and vegatarian , I made it with soy meat and it was delicious!!!
Much better when you eat all without meat.

September 23rd, 2011 — 12:09am  |  Reply

Alisa said:

I am so thrilled that I have found this site. As a diabetic, I am always looking for lower calorie & lower carb versions of my favorite meals, snacks & dessert.

February 2nd, 2012 — 11:17am  |  Reply

Amanda Belitz said:

made these and LOVED them, great recipe!

June 6th, 2012 — 3:12pm  |  Reply

nicole solitar said:

Made these tonight for my family. They were amazing and super filling. Thanks so much for the recipe!

June 11th, 2012 — 10:25pm  |  Reply

Jenny said:

Love the site – and the recipe. Just a friendly fyi from someone who works on websites a bunch and knows about all their wonderful little quirks – it seems that the print-friendly function isn’t working in Chrome. It doesn’t print the text. Thanks for the recipe!

July 9th, 2012 — 6:31pm  |  Reply

Megan said:

oh, how glad I am that I found DD! had some beautiful zucchini from the farmer’s market and wanted to try something new, and this was a total winner! can’t wait to make this again for friends. my mom absolutely loved it. God bless you :)

September 15th, 2012 — 9:36pm  |  Reply

Jennifer Gama said:

These were great! I will be making them often. My kids liked them too! Thank you

September 27th, 2012 — 10:41pm  |  Reply

Penn said:

Genius recipe!!!

October 10th, 2012 — 8:19pm  |  Reply

Nicole Morgan said:

LOVED this recipe! I’m a vegetarian so I substituted the meat for Morningstar farms breakfast sausage. So delicious!

June 9th, 2013 — 7:10pm  |  Reply

Emily Z said:

Has anyone done this with squash? I’ve always liked yellow squash more than green zucchini. I’ll let you guys know if I try it!

July 3rd, 2013 — 7:27pm  |  Reply

Valerie said:

So easy and looks fantastic. Next dish on my menu …

August 12th, 2014 — 7:49pm  |  Reply

Valerie said:

Looks fantastic. Next meal on menu …

August 12th, 2014 — 7:51pm  |  Reply

Teresa Beatty said:

In regards to the Pizzuchini recipe….The Parmesan cheese is not listed in the ingredients, but is mentioned in the instructions….does the nutritional information/points info include it? If so, how much is allowed for the recipe?

May 26th, 2015 — 4:20pm  |  Reply

Nancy said:

This is wonderful, but I had to bake it for 20-30 minutes

July 16th, 2015 — 8:22am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Tina! :) xoxo

August 28th, 2010 — 8:54am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Katie…I think it might…you’ll have to let me know ;)

August 28th, 2010 — 2:01pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks rachel! :)

May 17th, 2011 — 11:12am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks sarah! :)

May 24th, 2011 — 5:56am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yeah! :) thanks maggie!

May 24th, 2011 — 5:24pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Woo hoo! Go Dana GO! :) This blesses me…Thank YOU for your feedback, and way to go on this lifestyle change! You will never look back~ Promise!

June 14th, 2011 — 1:27pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

sounds great mallory! :) thanks for sharing!

September 15th, 2011 — 3:49am  |  Reply

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