This easy recipe incorporates Italian sausage, sweet basil, marinara sauce and cheese layered in cored, fresh zucchini. Tomato paste thickens the sauce for perfect bites. Just 8 ingredients.
Marinara Sauce Italian Sausages Zucchinis Olive Oil Garlic Paste Onion Tomato Paste Mozzarella Cheese Fresh Basil
Wash, dry, and slice each zucchini in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the filling with a spoon, finely chop the filling and place in a bowl for later. Place zucchini scoop-side up in a baking dish.
Cook ground Italian sausage. Transfer sausage to a plate. Saute onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in tomato paste. Add marinara, zucchini filling, and half of the fresh basil.
Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Once boiling add in cooked sausage and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat. Scoop filling into zucchini boats.
Top with mozzarella cheese and bake until cheese is completely melted. Garnish with remaining fresh basil and serve.