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Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini - a delicious and super flavorful filling with vegetables, cheeses and Panko. Great for a Meatless Monday meal or a side dish for roasted or grilled meats.

Our Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini is a great way to use the abundant amounts of zucchini that everyone seems to be growing in their gardens this summer!

Fresh zucchini are cut and stuffed with a super flavorful mixture of Parmesan and Romano cheeses, Panko bread crumbs, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and sautéed onion and then baked until tender and golden.  We recommend using small to medium zucchini for this recipe so that each zucchini is a single portion (although larger zucchini will work too, and you can just cut the larger squash in half).

Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini - a delicious and super flavorful filling with vegetables, cheeses and Panko. Great for a Meatless Monday meal or a side dish for roasted or grilled meats.

We actually make these vegetarian stuffed zucchini year-round at our house – and turning on the oven, even in the summer, is totally worth it when you’re making this delicious dish!  These vegetarian stuffed zucchini are a delicious and hearty meatless Monday meal option, or the perfect side dish to just about any kind of grilled or roasted meat.   It’s a delicious way to get even the pickiest eater to eat their vegetables and this is definitely a recipe you’ll want to make again and again!  Enjoy!

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Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 small to medium zucchini squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup sweet red pepper ½ inch diced
  • 1 cup diced Crimini mushrooms ½ inch diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 cup grated Romano cheese
  • Additional grated parmesan to sprinkle over cooked squash


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Trim stem end from squash. Cut about 1/3 off the top of each squash horizontally. Then cut a small horizontal sliver from the bottom so that the squash will sit flat and not roll. Dice the tops to ½ inch dice and set aside.
  3. Using a small paring knife, cut around inside of squash then using a melon-baller, scoop out inside until the squash resembles a canoe. Try not to cut through to the bottom.
  4. In a large skillet or frying pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook two minutes. Add garlic, red pepper, mushrooms and cut up zucchini tops. Mix to combine and sauté one minute.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in oregano, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, crumbs and both cheeses. Mix to combine.
  6. Divide the filling between each zucchini boat and press into squash filling and pressing as you fill to hold shape.
  7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes uncovered. Try not to over cook, otherwise the zucchini will start to sag and the filling will not stay in.
  8. As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle the tops with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.

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  • Jodie RIENKS wrote:

    Thank you for your goodness

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Jodie – glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • R Charron wrote:

    Not sure how you can call this vegetarian when it has Parmesan cheese. No hard cheeses are vegetarian, from what I remember.
    You can call it meatless, but not vegetarian.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks R – I suppose you could also look for Parmesan cheeses made with microbial rennet as well.

  • Cheri Tamman wrote:

    Looks fabulous…. Am making it tonight

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy them!

  • Pat Rapini wrote:

    My husband LOVED it!! I’m just wondering if i could make this ahead and pop in the oven a few hours later?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Pat – Yes – prepping a few hours ahead will work just fine.

  • Trish wrote:

    I could not reply for some reason – as I stated – i followed the recipe EXACTLY. Used PANKO.

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re sorry you were disappointed in the recipe Trish.

  • Trish Buchanan wrote:

    Horribly DRY! CRUMBLY stuffing that stayed crumbly even after baking. Decent taste but DRY!!! I can’t believe no one in the other reviews mentioned how dry. I followed the recipe exactly too.

    • Martha wrote:

      Sorry you didn’t see good results Trish – did you happen to use regular bread crumbs instead of panko? The stuffing definitely shouldn’t come out horribly dry.

  • Debbie wrote:

    I realize that a third of the zucchini is chopped and used in the recipe, but Do you use the flesh from the zucchini in the recipe or discard it?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Debbie – We add the flesh to the stuffing.

  • Bridget Ashmore wrote:

    I’m glad I bought extra zucchini because I had so much of the stuffing left over! Not sure if maybe my zucchini were smaller or what. I still have enough stuffing left to fill 2 or 3 more zucchini.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for your feedback Bridget.

  • Denise Warner wrote:

    This sounds great and planning to make for a Vegetarian Meal I have planned. Can they be made the day before and cooked the day of the dinner?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Denise – Yes, they can be made a day ahead of time. Just plan for a little extra baking time since they will be chilled before baking.

  • BJ wrote:

    made it for the care facility I work at, everyone loved it. I couldn’t find Crimini mushrooms so I used Baby Bellas instead. I split the zuchinni in half length-wise and then scrapped out the seed part. I also used yellow peppers along with the red to give it more color. I did cut the little bit off the bottom so they didn’t roll or tip over.

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad the recipe was a hit BJ!

  • Sandra Keyes wrote:

    This recipe was delicious.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sandra! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jen wrote:

    My favorite go-to zucchini recipe 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad you enjoy the recipe Jen! 🙂

  • Karen wrote:

    Can you use the extra stuffing mix as a side dish ! Cook it and eat it the next day ! I had doubled the recipe for extra guests and had extra left over !

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Karen – Absolutely – definitely cook the extra stuffing up and eat it! 🙂

  • Janet wrote:

    This is the best stuffed zucchini ever….ty for the recipe

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Janet! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Vi wrote:

    The recipe says 4 servings but in the directions you mention that each zucchini is a single serving and it calls for only 2 zucchini.
    This really sounds great & I have all the ingredients to make this. Thanks for posting this.

    • Jack wrote:

      Good catch. It should read two servings. I just updated the recipe. That said, you could get four servings out of this by cutting each baked stuffed zucchini in half, as long as it accompanied another dish.

  • Kat wrote:

    I love this! But I was wondering if you had nutritional information for it?

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kat! I’m sorry – we don’t currently provide nutritional information for our recipes.

  • Rhonda wrote:

    Has anyone calculated what this is in Weight Watcher Points? I absolutely LOVE this recipe and so does my husband, but I have recently joined WW. Was just wondering if anyone else has?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Rhonda – We haven’t ourselves. Hopefully another reader will see your question and can provide the info.

  • Amber wrote:

    Do you put what you scooped out, with a Mellon baller, into the pan to saute with the other ingredients or do you just throw out what you scapped out? Thank you! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Amber – Great question! Most of what you will scoop out are the seeds so yes, you can just discard it. I will update the recipe to clarify…thanks for writing to us!

  • tina wrote:

    you know i love finding these fabulous recipes- However-
    it uwould be so much nicer if you could include the nutritional information.

    Just sayin!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the feedback Tina!

    • Lisa wrote:

      Agreed! I’d like to know calorie content of this recipe. Thanks!

  • Kathy wrote:

    Going to add organic can of tomatoes to the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with mozzarella.

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds good Kathy!

  • Amy Huntley wrote:

    This looks so delicious! I am definitely going to be making this!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Amy!

  • Shaye wrote:

    A friend of mine just suggested this to me for the onslaught of zucchini we have growing in our garden. It looks amazing, but I wondered if you thought it would freeze well after baking? TIA!

    • Martha wrote:

      Great question Shaye! We’ve actually never tried freezing it after baking it! It ‘might’ be ‘OK’ – but I’m not 100% sure! (I’m thinking the skin of the zucchini might become a little rubbery if you freeze it?) If you try it, please write back and let us know…I’d love to hear how it comes out!

  • Erin B wrote:

    This recipe was amazing!!!! I have never liked mushrooms (at least how they have been given to me) and I tried your recipe in hopes that the rest of the flavors would cover up the icky mushrooms. Needless to say, I LOVE IT ALL!!!! My husband (who is a meat lover) and my mother-in-law (hard core italian) and I love it and cook it weekly now!!! Thanks so much. 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Erin! We’re so glad ALL of you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for writing to us!

  • Alexandra wrote:

    Parmesan is not vegetarian. Your recipe for vegetarian stuffed zucchini is misleading .

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Alexandra – Thanks for your comment! Our understanding is that ‘vegetarian’ is an acceptable term to use if the recipe does not include meat, and that Parmesan would not be acceptable for a recipe that is promoted as ‘vegan’. Hope that helps explain our recipe title.

      • Sarah wrote:

        Actually, most parmesan is not considered vegetarian either, because it contains rennet, which is the stomach lining of a calf. Fortunately, there are rennet-free brands of parmesan out there, so this recipe could be made vegetarian. In fact, I am doing just that tonight! Yum!

        • Martha wrote:

          Thanks Sarah!

  • [email protected] Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen wrote:

    Hi Martha, This looks really tasty, pinned and sharing on my page this PM. Thanks, Melissa

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Thank you so much Melissa! I appreciate it very much! Have a great day – Martha

  • Christine Szalay-Kudra wrote:


    Although I am somewhat new to your following I love the line of recipes you have been serving up. They are fresh and inventive yet full of loads of yummy things. This is the perfect recipe for when Granma starts sending us what seems like an endless supply of zucchini from the garden seems once it starts it just floods in. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.


    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Christine! We’re glad you found us!

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