Baked stuffed zucchini


Baked stuffed zucchini | How to cook the perfect stuffed courgettes | @vicaincucina

Not everyone likes the taste of zuccini, but they are low in calories, just 17 calories per 100 g of fresh zucchini. They also contain useful amounts of folate, potassium and provitamin A.

I have a delicious and easy recipe that will value this wonderful vegetable, it is called baked stuffed zucchini with anchovy recipe. It can be served either as a main dish or as a side dish.

Here is how you make it: Blanch the zucchini for a short period of time. Then, using a silver spoon, scoop the pulp out leaving only the shells.

Then sautee the pulp for a few minute with garlic and chop it finely afterwards. Stuff the zucchini shells with pieces of anchovy and with a mixture of breadcrumbs on top, grated cheese made of “spun paste“, little Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and zucchini pulp.

Finally, bake them for 10-15 minutes and serve them hot. If you don’t like anchovies, you can substitute them with tuna, diced ham, or bacon cut into strips.


🍴 Serves🕓 Preparation🕓 Cooking
415 min10 min

  • 5 courgettes (approx 700 g)
  • 3 slices of sliced bread (approx. 100 g)
  • 5 anchovy fillets in olive oil (approx. 20 g)
  • 100 g of cheese made of “spun paste”
  • 30 g of grated Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons)
  • 20 ml extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 whole clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


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Wash well the zucchini with a sponge under running water. Blanch the whole zucchini in boiling water (about 1.5 liters) with 1 teaspoon of coarse salt for 10 minutes.

Now using a silver spoon, scoop out the pulp leaving the shells. At low heat, cook the zucchini pulp for 5 minutes with a little olive oil and one whole clove of garlic. Meanwhile, crumb some sliced bread and grate the cheese.

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Throw out the garlic and finelly chop the zucchini pulp.

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Combine the chopped pulp with breadcrumbs, grated cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

Don’t put too much salt, the dish contains already anchovies which are salty on their own.

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Put the empty zucchini on a baking sheet and place two to three pieces of anchovy in each shell.

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Stuff the zucchini shells with the mixture of bread, zucchini, cheese and bake uncovered at 200°C (392°F) for 10 minutes in a ventilated mode.

If you do not have an oven with ventilation, cook at the same temperature for 15 minutes in a static oven, so that the surface becomes golden.

Baked stuffed zucchini | How to cook the perfect stuffed courgettes | Blog @vicaincucina

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