Meatball Zucchini Boats

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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Cook time Cook time: 25 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 05:52 pm

Meatball Zucchini Boats are stuffed with pesto, juicy meatballs and topped with Alfredo sauce and lots of cheese, for a quick and delicious dinner.

We love a good meatball meal, and have quite a few to share with you like Instant Pot Meatball Soup, Maggiano’s Meatball and Garlic Bison Meatballs.

Meatball Zucchini Boats

Easy Meatball Zucchini Boats are made with just a few ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes. They are great to serve as an appetizer or a dinner, as they are hearty and filling. The Meatball Zucchini Boats are a delicious combination of fresh zucchini stuffed with fragrant basil pesto, juicy meatballs smothered in a creamy Alfredo sauce and lots of cheese.

Why You’ll Love These Meatball Zucchini Boats:

  • Firstly, they are incredibly easy to make in about 30 minutes.
  • Furthermore, I made the dish with just a few easy-to-find ingredients. Hence, budget friendly.
  • Can be enjoyed as an appetizer or dinner.
  • In addition, can be made using your favorite cheese or sauce.

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Best Meatball Zucchini Boats Recipe Tips

  • I used store bough pesto sauce to cut time on this recipe and make it really easy. Equally, you can use homemade sauce.
  • Same for the Alfredo sauce, I used store-bought. However, you can use homemade or any sauce that you like. In addition, marinara or vodka sauce work really well in this recipe.
  • The fresh zucchini that I used are not wilted so they can hold their shape well.
  • Similarly, I used a cookie scoop to scoop out the flesh of the zucchini. It makes it easier, but you can use any spoon, just be careful not to break the zucchini.
  • Other delicious fillings or toppings are fresh basil, marinara sauce, more cheese, and chopped jalapenos.

Can you freeze the Meatball Zucchini Boats

Yes, the Meatballs freeze well. Layer them into an aluminum foil pan. Then, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and then wrap it in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 month. To reheat add additional sauce on top and place in the oven at 350F for about 20-30 minutes or until hot.

Meatball Zucchini Boats are stuffed with pesto, juicy meatballs and topped with Alfredo sauce and lots of cheese, for a quick and delicious dinner or easy appetizer.

Meatball Zucchini Boats

Meatball Zucchini Boats are stuffed with pesto, juicy meatballs and topped with Alfredo sauce and lots of cheese, for a quick and delicious dinner.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 715kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 zucchini (halved)
  • 1 package cooked meatballs
  • 1 cup pesto sauce (store bought)
  • 15 ounces Alfredo sauce (store bought)
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Brush a 8x8 inch baking dish with olive oil and set aside.
  • Cut the zucchini in half and scoop out the flesh/middle to create a "zucchini boat".
  • Distribute pesto sauce equally between the zucchini boats.
  • Add zucchini boats to the baking dish and top each boat with 4 meatballs.
  • Top with Alfredo sauce and cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the zucchini is tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 0g | Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1332mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 389mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Erin @ The Speckled Palate

This is brilliant! While we've made zucchini boats before, I've never thought to make them with meatballs, and I cannot wait to give this a go!


Dorothy Reinhold

We currently have a garden full of Zucchini. I am always looking for new ways to use it. This recipe looks amazing! Love all of that cheese!


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

I'm always looking for new zucchini recipes to use the fresh zucchini in my garden! You can't go wrong with meatballs and alfredo sauce.


Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Meatballs are one of my favorite things, and this dish looks so amazing! So many great flavors combined, and love that these frozen meatballs make it so much easier to put together!


carrie @ frugal foodie mama

What a perfect quick & easy dinner idea for summertime! :)


eat good 4 life

These look superb. Such a great idea. I need to make these soon for my family!!


Charyn Gallagher

They mean scoop out the seeds not the flesh ... right?


Yes, the seeds and a bit of the flesh, enough to make a "boat".


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