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Zucchini Pizza Boats

These ZUCCHINI PIZZA BOATS are the answer to your pizza craving! Loaded with pizza sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and plenty of cheese, these zucchini boats have all the flavors of a pizza without all the carbs.

overhead view of zucchini pizza boats on wooden tray.

When it comes to take out, there are generally always a few safe bets for staying low carb. (We actually have a whole email series with loads of ideas for a variety of restaurants. It’s free to sign up here!)

Burgers without buns, steak, fajitas with a fork instead of a tortilla, salad without croutons, and pizza – toppings only!

Oh yes. I’ve totally been the person at the pizza buffet eating the toppings off a plate full of pizza and leaving the crust behind for the trash.

It embarrasses the heck out of my family, but it’s actually super good and it really feels indulgent. Pair with a salad and you’ve got a tasty dinner that doesn’t feel diet-y.

Of course, I do hate wasting the crust. I mean – it’s garbage in your body, so it’s better to just put it right in the trash, but still. Wasteful.

So, at home, I either make fathead dough, pizza chaffles, or zucchini pizza boats. You can’t go wrong with any of these recipes but let’s talk more about the zucchini – arguably the healthiest option of the bunch.

Oh, and check out our enchilada zucchini boats too!

What We Love About This Recipe:

  • No need to spend time making pizza dough!
  • Lighter than traditional flavor, but you don’t skimp on flavor!
  • It’s an easy way to get pizza-loving kids to try a new veggie!
  • You can add whatever pizza toppings you like!

Ingredient Notes:

ingredients for pizza boats on white counter top.

Zucchini – This will be replacing the crust that you’d usually have with a pizza. A whole lot healthier and not so many carbs!

Sausage – Italian sausage makes the perfect filling for this recipe when it is mixed with some mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.

Pepperoni – A couple of pepperoni slices are a great topping for these zucchini boats!

What Readers Are Saying:

“This was great. I love all the ingredients, particularly Italian sausage, which is what I used. I also added sliced black olives and used 4 slices of pepperoni per zucchini. Very tasty!”  – Aron

How To:

  • Zucchini – Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out all of the seeds. This will create an area for all of your pizza toppings and sauce to live.  hollowed out zucchini.
  • Sausage – Brown your sausage to get it ready for filling the zucchini. Combine the sauce with your marinara and mozzarella.
  • Fill the Zucchini – Spoon the sausage mixture into the zucchini, sprinkle on a little more cheese, and top it off with pepperoni. person filling zucchini boats with sauce.
  • Bake – Pop these in a hot oven for about 30 minutes to get the zucchini soft and cheese melty.
baked zucchini pizza boats on white plate.


What other toppings could I use?

Any pizza toppings you like should work well here. Ideas include mushrooms, black olives, onions, peppers, and ham.

How many carbs are in each pizza boat?

There are 3 net carbs in each zucchini pizza boat or 6 net carbs per serving (2 boats).

Can I make this recipe in the air fryer?

Absolutely – this should work great in air fryer! Cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, test the zucchini to see if it’s soft enough, and continue cooking until it’s as soft as you’d like.

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overhead view of zucchini pizza boats on wooden tray.

Pizza Stuffed Zucchini

This pizza stuffed zucchini skips the crust and leaves you with all of the tasty pizza toppings stuffed inside a hollowed out zucchini. 

Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • ½ pound sausage
  • ½ cup marinara
  • 2 cups mozzarella, divided
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 16 pepperoni slices
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil
  • Red pepper flakes, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Brown the sausage in a medium skillet over medium heat, crumbling as it cooks. Drain the grease and place sausage in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Add the marinara and 1 ½ cups of mozzarella to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Slice the zucchini in half length-wise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.
  5. Fill the hollowed space in the zucchini with the meat mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan on the zucchini.
  7. Place 2 pepperoni on each zucchini.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the zucchini is as tender as you’d prefer.
  9. Sprinkle with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired, before serving.


Feel free to add whatever toppings you like to your pizza boats. Black olives, mushrooms, and green peppers are some of our favorites.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 zucchini boats
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 13gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 8gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

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10 thoughts on “Zucchini Pizza Boats”

  1. In the recipe it has “marinara”. What is this? is it a ready-to-use sauce or do you have a recipe for it?

    1. Karly Campbell

      You could make your own, but we generally just buy it. It’s similar to spaghetti sauce. We like Rao’s brand. 🙂

  2. Jeri Gracia

    Made this for dinner tonight! I don’t like Italian sausage so I nixed that and opted to put 3 slices of pepperoni, some onions and bell peppers. served with a fresh spinach salad and it was the perfect dinner! I’m hoping it’s still good tomorrow for lunch.

    1. Karly Campbell

      I haven’t tried reheating these. I do think the zucchini would get a bit softer after reheating, but I think it’d probably be fine!

  3. We really enjoyed this recipe! My husband wasn’t sure but he quickly agreed they were tasty. I added a couple finely diced mushrooms but other than that made them as written. I have printed about 90% of your recipes & now have an endless supply of dinner, breakfast & snack ideas! Thanks so much for all the work you put in. Low carb never looked so good!

  4. This was great. I love all the ingredients, particularly Italian sausage, which is what I used. I also added sliced black olives and used 4 slices of pepperoni per zucchini. Very tasty!

  5. Someday I’m going to remember to buy zucchini to try this. I like the idea of putting pepperoni on them. Thanks, Karly!

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