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Spanish Stuffed Zucchini with Cheese

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 oz fresh goat cheese 150 grams
  • 2 cups finely grated Manchego cheese 220 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .45 grams
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley 8 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • handful finely grated Manchego cheese
  • handful freshly chopped parsley


  1. Wash & pat dry 2 zucchinis, then cut the ends of each one and then into half lengthwise to end up with 4 pieces of zucchini, using a spoon remove the pulp from the zucchini, leaving a border at each end of about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm), season the insides of the zucchini with sea salt and place face down on a wire rack with paper towels underneath, reserve the pulp of zucchini

  2. Heat a fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add in 1/2 onion finely diced and 3 cloves garlic roughly minced, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the pulp of zucchini (add to a sieve first and using a spoon push down on it to remove any excess water), cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until the zucchini pulp is translucent and lightly sauteed, then add in 1/2 tsp (.45 grams) dried thyme and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and turn off the heat

  3. Crumble in 5 ounces (150 grams) fresh goat cheese into the vegetables, 2 cups (220 grams) finely grated Manchego cheese and 2 tbsp (8 grams) freshly chopped parsley, mix everything together until well mixed and you end up with a paste like texture, set aside

  4. After leaving the zucchinis to rest for 30 minutes, remove from the wire rack, using paper towels pat dry the insides of the zucchini to remove any excess water and salt

  5. Start adding the cheese mixture into the zucchinis, making sure to push down on the mixture as you add it so it´s well compacted

  6. Transfer the stuffed zucchinis into a baking tray lined with parchment paper, sprinkle the tops of each one with some finely grated Manchego cheese

  7. Add into a preheated oven, bake + broil option 210 C - 410 F

  8. After 15 minutes remove from the oven and let the stuffed zucchinis rest at room temperature for 2 to 3 minutes so the stuffing can settle, then add into a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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