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Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 45 mins Stand 15 mins Bake 350°F 40 mins
Zucchini Ripiene al Forno (Baked Stuffed Zucchini)
Ingredients
  • 1  ounce  dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2  cups  soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2  cup  butter or olive oil
  • 3  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh parsley
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 4  large  zucchini (about 3 pounds total)
  • 1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 2  cups  milk
  • 1/3  cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4  ounces  fresh cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/3  cup  finely chopped onion (1 small)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  snipped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
Directions

1. Place mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour 2 cups boiling water over mushrooms; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain, discarding water. Coarsely chop soaked mushrooms; set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet cook bread crumbs in 3 tablespoons of the hot butter about 3 minutes or just until beginning to turn golden brown. Stir in one clove of the minced garlic; cook and stir about 1 minute more or until garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper; set aside.

3. Trim ends of three of the zucchini; cut each of these zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or a small measuring spoon, scoop out and reserve pulp, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Coarsely chop pulp and the one remaining zucchini; set aside.

4. For sauce, in a small saucepan melt 4 tablespoons of the remaining butter over medium heat. Stir in flour. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Reduce heat to low. Stir in Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon of the remaining salt. Set aside.

5. For filling, in medium skillet melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the chopped zucchini, chopped soaked mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, and onion; cook about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in thyme, the remaining two cloves garlic, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in 2/3 cup of the bread crumb mixture.

6. Spread sauce in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Place filled zucchini shells on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining bread crumb mixture. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover. Bake about 10 minutes more or until sauce is bubbling and zucchini are tender when pierced with the tip of a small knife. Serve hot or warm.

Nutrition Facts (Zucchini Ripiene al Forno (Baked Stuffed Zucchini))
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 230,
  • Fat, total (g) 15,
  • chol. (mg) 38,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 20,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 3,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 8,
  • vit. A (IU) 923,
  • vit. C (mg) 32,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 73,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 455,
  • Potassium (mg) 670,
  • calcium (mg) 172,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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