October 9, 2017

Bolognese Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Baked zucchini boats stuffed with Bolognese sauce topped with cheese – an absolutely delicious skinny dinner recipe for two {low carb, gluten-free, clean eating}

Craving for a great Italian pasta dish? Something cheesy, tomato-y, made with ground meat? But also without carbs? Here’s the solution! You can get all these in one amazing guilt-free recipe! Italian Bolognese sauce made with a ground meat and tomato sauce, with flavorful herbs, all stuffed in zucchini boats, covered with cheese. Sounds wonderful, right? It is, indeed!

So here is my new bolognese stuffed zucchini boats recipe. I know, I know, I have some similar recipes (like this Bolognese sauce with zoodles or this Italian stuffed zucchini recipes), but what can I do? We simply l o v e this sauce in all possible ways it can be served. This time I tried stuffing some zucchini boats with this delicious meat sauce. They came out very very good, although my bolognese sauce was leftover from the previous day when I served it with old fashion spaghetti (it was our cheat-day).

Stuffing zucchini boats or spiralizing them into noodles is always a good idea if you want to reduce your carb intake. Zucchini is extremely low in calories and carbs, but it gives you the feeling of being full, with a neutral taste it won’t ruin the familiar flavor what you’re waiting for. Also zucchini has amazing health benefits and gives you a lot of vitamins which could sound weird when we are talking about pasta dishes!

Traditionally Bolognese sauce is usually made of ground beef and pork, or it can be prepared with turkey or chicken mince, however I’ve seen dozen of vegetarian or even vegan “Bolognese sauce” recipes as well. My family loves this sauce made of ground pork, so my sauce contains just pork but feel free to add beef as well in fifty fifty proportion.


My thick and rich meat sauce is made of authentic ingredients: ground pork, organic tomato puree, peeled tomato chunks, onion, garlic, carrot, cheese and a bunch of herbs and spices. Use Italian spices to season the Bolognese sauce like parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and bay leaves.  This classic Italian bolognese sauce is cooked low & slow for a rich, hearty taste.

So why not put this two great things together? Stuff your healthy, almost carb free zucchini boats with this tasty Bolognese sauce + top them with cheese. Bake the boats until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted. Try now this skinny guilt-free flavored bolognese zucchini, you’ll be  pleased!

Diet: low-carb, gluten-free, clean eating

Bolognese Stuffed Zucchini Boats
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 200 g | 7 oz minced pork (or 100 g pork + 100 g minced beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup peeled (plum) tomato chunks
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¼ cup wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 medium zucchini
  • ⅓ cup grated cheese (Parmesan or Cheddar)
Let's get started!
  1. In a large skillet heat one tablespoon olive oil. Add the chopped onion, sauté. Add the chopped garlic and carrot pieces. Add the ground meat and stir well with the veggies. Cook the meat until it turns white.
  2. Season the meat with salt, pepper and paprika, then add the tomato sauce and peeled tomato. Season the sauce with the herbs, stir well, cover and cook on low heat for 35-40 minutes until the Bolognese thickens.
  3. Occasionally stir the sauce, add water, ¼ cup wine or more tomato paste if necessary.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 °C | 360 ℉. Grease a baking pan with olive oil.
  5. Cut the zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center with a spoon or ice cream scoop. Season the zucchini boats with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake the zucchini boats for 10 minutes before stuffing them with the Bolognese sauce.
  7. When the meat is cooked stuff the boats with the sauce and place them into the baking dish. Top the stuffed boats with grated cheese.
  8. Bake the boats for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the zucchini is soft.

 

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