These Easy Zucchini Boats are absolutely delicious and so much healthier than traditional pizza made with a flour crust. Whenever I make them (which is quite often) they get gobbled up right out of the oven and there are never any leftovers! I just had to share this recipe with you that I adapted from Cooking Classy and I’m sure you will love it as much as we all do here. Less mess and easier than regular pizza, it’s great idea for those you who choose to go gluten-free.
These Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats are great as a snack, an appetizer or even a dinner. When my son Patrick was small we used to let him and his friends make their own Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats. In fact, they even had pizza boat parties and sleepovers. We would put out a bunch of toppings and let them create their own favorite boat (it’s amazing some of the things they would come up with!). They would even pick their own zucchini fresh from the garden! Easy to clean up and very few dishes, especially when eaten outside. All you need is a paper towel or a napkin. Nothing could be simpler or tastier. The boys were happy and so was I!
Other Fabulous Zucchini Recipes To Try
If you love zucchini as we do then I’m sure you’ll be interested in these many other zucchini recipes. I am always searching for more too and would be grateful for any suggestions if you have any, Together we can help make each other better in the kitchen!
The ingredients list below is just an approximation, something to give you an idea. You can use your favorite pizza toppings. I’ve seen everything from ham and pineapple to feta and sun dried tomatoes. Sometimes we use more cheese (some would say too much but I love my cheese) or toppings than other times. It also depends on the size of the zucchinis. I prefer using larger zucchinis so I can pile on more toppings but you can use smaller ones too. It all comes down to what is available to you!
Ingredients For Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats
- olive oil
- cooking spray or vegetable oil
- minced garlic
- marinara sauce
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
- optional dried Italian spices
- optional fresh chopped oregano
Directions For Making Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Take a large rimmed baking sheet and line it with either parchment paper or tinfoil with baking spray on it and then set aside.
Cut each zucchini into halves lengthwise (so each half will lay flat on baking sheet). With a small spoon create a valley for the toppings to sit in. You can do this by scraping out the middle of the zucchini from one end to the other, focusing on removing the seeds and pulp. Place these cored zucchinis on the prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together the garlic and the olive oil and then brush lightly over the tops of of the zucchini halves.
Next, you want to sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste.
Now spread the marinara sauce evenly over each zucchini half.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and then some Parmesan over the tops.
Finally, top with the pepperoni slices (or your favorite toppings), making sure to place them close to the center so the cheese can melt and spread.
Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 18 minutes (the bake time varies depending on how thick the zucchini are cut and how crisp/tender you want them).
Remove from oven and sprinkle with dried Italian spices or some fresh chopped oregano. Serve warm.
Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats
- 5 small zucchini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- cooking spray or vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce, your favorite brand
- 1-1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
- pepperoni, sliced, mini or regular - enough to cover zucchini
- 1 Tblsp dried Italian spices optional
- fresh oregano chopped to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil with baking spray. Set aside.
Cut each zucchini into halves through the length so each half will sit flat on the baking sheet. Take a small spoon and scrape out the middle of the zucchini from one end to the other. Create a valley for the toppings to sit in. Focus on removing the seeds and pulp. Place on prepared baking sheet. In a bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic then brush lightly over tops of zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Next, spread marinara sauce over each zucchini. Sprinkle tops with mozzarella cheese and then parmesan. Top with pepperoni slices (placing them near the center as the cheese can 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).
Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh oregano or italian spices if desired. Serve warm.