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Zucchini Marinara Boats Recipe

Whether you’re looking for a satisfying weeknight dinner or a delicious way to enjoy garden-fresh zucchini, these Zucchini Marinara Boats are a must-try. Packed with savory marinara sauce and topped with melted cheese, they’re a wholesome and keto-friendly dish that’s as delightful to make as it is to eat.

Zucchini Marinara Boats

A delightful twist on traditional Italian flavors, perfect for a cozy dinner at home.


  • 2-3 medium-sized zucchini
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Marinara sauce
  • Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped parsley for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds to create a hollow “boat.”
  3. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add minced garlic, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add marinara sauce to the skillet and stir to combine with the garlic and spices. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Spoon the marinara mixture evenly into each zucchini boat.
  7. Top each boat with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Place the filled zucchini boats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

Breakdown of Ingredients and Average Carb Content

  • Zucchini: Approximately 4g net carbs per medium zucchini
  • Olive oil: 0g carbs
  • Garlic: 1g net carb per tablespoon
  • Oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper: Negligible carbs
  • Marinara sauce: Approximately 4g net carbs per 1/4 cup (depending on brand)
  • Parmesan cheese: 1g carb per tablespoon
  • Mozzarella cheese: 1g carb per 1/4 cup shredded


These Zucchini Marinara Boats are a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of Italy while keeping your keto diet on track. With their tender zucchini base, savory marinara sauce, and gooey melted cheese, they’re sure to become a favorite in your meal rotation. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or sharing with loved ones, this dish is a delightful and satisfying option. Enjoy the taste of comfort and healthiness in every bite!

Credit to gogas2 on Reddit

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Tuesday 9th of July 2024

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