Stuffed zucchini with chicken, ham, and Barilla Pastina

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A staple in Italian households, this Stuffed Zucchini with Chicken, Ham, and Barilla Pastina recipe has all the food groups you need. With high quality complex carbs from the pasta, lean protein in the filling, veggies, and cheese it’s everything your want in a true Mediterranean diet!


1 box Barilla Pastina

3 lb zucchini

5 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil, divided

10 oz ground chicken

4 oz ham, ground

1 egg

2/3 cup Parmigiano, grated, divided

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 28 oz can Italian peeled tomatoes

1 tbsp Italian parsley

6 leaves basil, sliced

Sea salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

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  • In a bowl mix turkey, ham, egg, ½ cup Parmigiano, salt, and pepper.

  • Remove the stem and bottom of the zucchini, cut in two parts, then carve out the center of zucchini using a zucchini/cucumber corer, leaving 1/3 inch of the outer part. Discard the inner part and stuff zucchini with turkey mixture.

  • In a skillet sauté onion with 2 tbsp olive oil for 3 minutes, add garlic and one minute later tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and bring to simmer. Add zucchini, cover and cook thoroughly until internal temperature reaches 165F, about 18 minutes. Take lid off and reduce the tomato sauce if needed. Meanwhile, cook pastina in water, drain and toss with 2 tbs olive oil, stir in the parsley. 

  • Serve stuffed zucchini over pastina, top with remining cheese, fresh basil and drizzle with a bit of raw EV olive oil before serving.
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