Use the fragrant cheese stuffing with any mild vegetable, such as bell peppers, mushroom caps, baby eggplant, or tomatoes. Save the scooped-out zucchini pulp for risotto or pasta sauce. You can use a mini chopper to chop the herbs quickly, but do not use it to combine the mousse ingredients, as it will liquefy the ricotta.
6 small zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Parsley sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Reserve pulp for another use. Arrange zucchini shells in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Combine basil and next 7 ingredients (through pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Divide mixture evenly among shells, pressing gently. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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We made this for our first football party of the season and it was pretty good. It made a great healthy addition to our spread. I used the store-bought low fat ricotta and it worked fine. I agree with some of the other reviewers though that it needed more complexity in flavor. I even added some dried oregano before baking because I felt it needed more. I would definitely try it next time with Maranara or Pesto. I also used mushroom caps, a must if you like mushrooms because they are delish!