Ham Stuffed Squash or Zucchini Boats

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

I was served this when I was a guest at someone's house as a teen. At the time I would have told you I didn't like squash but I enjoyed these!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 3/8-inch shell.
  2. Chop pulp and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, cook shells in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Drain and set aside.
  5. In another saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender; remove from the heat.
  6. Add ham, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, egg, paprika, pepper and squash pulp; mix well.
  7. Spoon into shells.
  8. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake at 425°F for 12-15 minutes or until heated through.
Most Helpful

I made this as written, using Zucchini. The stuffing was salty but good, but the Zucchini underneath tasted blah. I probably would have salted the Zucchini underneath and used a less salty ham (my own fault) in the mix. My husband liked it, and I'll make it again. Thanks.

Krista Roes August 17, 2008

I enjoyed this recipe. Always great to find something to use up the surplus with. I made some substitutions due to taste or necessity. (hence no rating) I had yellow summer squash that was quite mature so the "pulp" were seeds and I discarded them. To make up for it I added 1/2 of a chopped zucchini with skin to the onion mixture and cooked them together. (I was afraid it wouldn't cook in time in the oven). I omitted the Parmesan and used mozzarella for the chedder cheese. I didn't measure the pepper probably just used a dash. I found it a little bland... maybe that was the choice of cheese. (or needed more pepper?) I may try adding some more spices next time.

Chef Tweaker August 22, 2007

As a non-squash lover, I found this dish so amazing and flavorful! I changed the recipe just a bit due to what I had available. I began with olive oil in a pan and added 2 cloves of garlic (I also made this with just one zucchini). I added diced smoked turkey and the innards of the zucchini to the garlic. After I removed the pan from the heat I added cheddar cheese as the recipe states and also chopped fresh basil leaves. Along with adding Parmesan cheese to the top, I also mixed it into the "filler". The flavor in this was just incredible! Thank you so much for re-introducing me to summer squashes!

Ingy August 13, 2007