Zucchini Pizza Boats


A healthier form of pizza!? Sign me up! Really I was skeptical about these before trying them myself, but I’m hear to tell you my entire family loved these! That is including two picky eater kids, a husband that doesn’t like veggies, myself (and I am a pizza snob, it HAS to be good, and my mom who hates pizza (I know seriously who hates pizza??).

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So indeed they were a success and they are definitely going to be added to my rotation. I absolutely loved them! They have so many delicious flavors and a wonderful texture when baked just right., and it’s a meal I don’t have to feel guilty about, even better!

I’m pretty sure you too are going to love these! What’s not to love? You get part of your daily veggie intake in pizza form and they are incredibly easy to make (especially when you use a store-bought marinara sauce) – we are talking like 15 minutes prep.

Then, they only take about 15 to bake so you’ve got an amazing 30 minute meal right here. Busy days just got a whole lot better.


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Zucchini Pizza Boats

4.58 from 7 votes

All the flavors of pizza without the extra carbs from a heavy crust! This option is healthier and still incredibly delicious! A great way to use up zucchini too.

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6 small zucchini (2 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (1.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner, set aside.
  2. Cut each zucchini into halves through the length (if they don't lie flat trim a thin portion from bottoms so that they will lie mostly flat. I only had to do this with one of them). Pat insides dry with paper towels (cut portion). Align on prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic then brush lightly over tops of zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste then brush a slightly heaping 1 Tbsp marinara sauce over each zucchini, leaving a small rim near edges uncoated.
  4. Sprinkle tops evenly with mozzarella cheese then with parmesan cheese. Top with pepperoni slices (placing them more near centers as the cheese will melt and spread). Bake in preheated oven 12 - 18 minutes (bake time will vary depending on how thick your zucchini are and how crisp/tender you want them).
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh oregano. Serve warm.
  6. Recipe Source: The Comfort of Cooking
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Potassium 715mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 16.6%
Vitamin C 46.2%
Calcium 27.3%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: zucchini boats
Calories: 221 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Delton Farewell: Great February 1, 2019 at 8:36am Reply

  • Angela: soooooo delicious!!!! My fiancé and I absolutely LOVED them!! October 3, 2018 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Tina: I tried this recipe and even added an extra 10 min. The zucchini was watery and soggy as hell. I think you should tweak the recipe a little and maybe tell people to remove the inside altogether cuz patting them dry was not enough! Just a suggestion. I put them back in the oven for a little while longer so hopefully they will crisp up some more. September 13, 2018 at 5:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The longer you cook them the softer and wetter they’ll get. I wouldn’t add extra time. Next time if you like crisp zucchini cut back on the time. September 13, 2018 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Lori B: I scoop out the middle seedy part of the zucchini. Leaves more room for sauce, cheese and toppings. This is Keto at approximately 5 carbs for two! July 28, 2018 at 12:15pm Reply

    • Maria: What about sugars? Isn’t 7g of sugars too high? I’m new to keto November 27, 2018 at 7:56am Reply

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