Veal Stuffed Zucchini
Stuffed zucchini boats, with ground veal sauce, and topped with parmesan cheese.

Veal Stuffed Zucchini

This Veal Stuffed Zucchini recipe is perfect for any night of the week with just twenty minutes of prep! Stuffed zucchini boats filled with a hearty veal mixture then topped with a crunchy Parmesan breadcrumb topping. This is a delicious way to add more vegetables and veal to your dinner menu!
If you are anything like us, you’ll want extra sauce and more cheese, right? Go ahead and add as much as you want. These boats deliver a filling meal and are great served as leftovers as well! If you like these zucchini boats, you should try our stuffed eggplant too!
This recipe was developed by Carla of Homemade in the Kitchen!

Prep Time:
20 minutes

Cook Time:
40 minutes

Total Time:
1 hour



  • 4 large zucchini (about 12 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for brushing
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Have a large baking sheet ready.
  2. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the middle with a spoon, leaving about a 1/4 inch border. Reserve 1/2 cup chopped then discard the rest.
  3. Place each zucchini half on the baking sheet. Brush with olive oil then sprinkle with salt.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat until hot. Add the veal, onion, chopped zucchini, and a big pinch of salt. Cook until veal is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain any excess grease.
  5. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste. Cook 1 minute.
  6. In a large bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and basil. Stir half of the mixture into the veal.
  7. Stuff each zucchini half with the veal then top with the remaining breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until zucchini is fork tender and breadcrumbs are golden brown.