This Stuffed Zucchini Squash recipe is based on the Albanian recipe for Kunguj te Mbushur. This casserole is the perfect dish for meal planning and family dinners.
Course Main Course
Keyword Albanian Kunguj te Mbushur, Kunguj te mbushur, Mediterranean Stuffed zucchini, Stuffed tomatoes, Stuffed Yellow Squash, Stuffed Zucchini
Prep Time 35minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour35minutes
1big white onion
4garlic cloves (medium size)
2-3soft tomatoesor 1 can tomato sauce 14 oz
1.5tspsaltadjust to taste
Saute chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil until onion becomes translucent.
Add ground beef, stir occasionally until beef is browned.
As you brown the beef (keep heat medium), set up an area right next to the stove so you can continue mixing occasionally. Start carving out the zucchinis and squash to empty them in the middle. Do the same to beef steak tomatoes.
Chop the internal part of the carved beefsteak tomatoes, zucchinis and squash and add them to the ground beef mix.
Blend the rest of tomatoes in a small food processor. Add tomatoes to mix, cook for few minutes. If you don't have fresh, soft tomatoes for this step add 14 ozs of tomato sauce to stuffing (usually 1 can).
Add parsley to the mix, stir well. Add also salt and pepper at this point.
Add half cup rice to the stuffing. Mix well and cook for about 10 minutes in low heat. Then turn off and let cool for a little bit.
Up to this point it took me about 35-40 minutes.
Once stuffing is cooled enough, then start stuffing zucchinis, squash and beefsteak tomatoes with it. Pour leftover stuffing around the spaces between vegetables.
Add a cup of hot water on the stuffing pot, swirl it around to grab all the bits and pieces, then pour that in the casserole tray. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour.
If you are new to this way of cooking, I would suggest to carve the zucchinis, squash and tomatoes before you start preparing the stuffing so you can fully focus on that step. If you're an experienced cook, you can save some time by carving the vegetables as you prepare the stuffing - multitasking:).
Calories are estimated but they can vary on the vegetables sizes.