Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Rice and Sausage

Impress your guests with our Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Rice and Sausage. Made with Success® Basmati Rice, Italian sausage and tomato, they’re bursting with Italian flavors.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 35 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 55 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Basmati Rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 4 zucchini (each about 10 inches long)


  • Bring the flavors of Italy to your next barbecue or gathering with these perfect-for-sharing grilled Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Rice and Sausage.

    Step 1

  • Prepare basmati rice according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat. Cook sausage and garlic for 8 to 10 minutes, or until sausage is browned and cooked through. Stir in diced tomatoes and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Add rice, 1/3 cup Parmesan, chives, parsley, salt, pepper and chili flakes to skillet. Stir to mix well.

    Step 3

  • Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using melon baller or spoon, scoop out zucchini flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch border all around. Reserve flesh for another use or discard.

    Step 4

  • Preheat grill to medium; grease grate well. Grill zucchini, cut side down, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until well marked. Stuff each zucchini half with 1/4 cup rice filling.

    Step 5

  • Return zucchini to grill; cover and grill for 12 to 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

    Recipe Tips

  • For an elegant presentation, place the zucchini boats on a platter. Sprinkle them with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Italy in the Summer

Add a little Italian flair to your next summer barbecue with these fun and delicious Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Rice and Sausage made with Success® Basmati Rice, Italian sausage, tomatoes and Parmesan. Perfect for cooking on the grill, this simple recipe makes for an excellent appetizer or side dish that’s easy to share and is sure to please!

This recipe is not only delicious, it’s also simple and straightforward to make. Simply start by cooking the basmati rice and set aside. Next, simmer browned sausage, diced tomatoes and lemon juice in a skillet for a few minutes then add the rice, Parmesan, chives, parsley, salt, pepper and chili flakes and mix well. Set mixture aside and cut zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out a bit of the flesh, then grill for several minutes. When the zucchini has softened, stuff each one with the rice mixture and place them back on the grill. Simple as that! Your hungry guests will be enjoying the flavors of Italy in no time. Make sure you make plenty because these will disappear just as soon as they come off the grill!

Make it Vegetarian

This recipe can be made vegetarian by simply using a hearty vegetable like mushrooms or eggplant instead of Italian sausage. Or, if you prefer, use your favorite meatless sausage.

For another plant-based dish, learn how to make this vegan meatloaf recipe.

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