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Grilled zucchini roll ups

Rolling up grilled zucchini with bolognese sauce and fresh parmesan really takes grilled zucchini to the next level. Wow! These little grilled zucchini roll ups make an amazing appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled zucchini, simple appetizer, zucchini appetizer, zucchini rollups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 259kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato puree (Muir Glen is organic and gluten free)
  • 1 6- ounce tomato paste (Muir Glen is organic and gluten free)
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • oregano
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parmesan cheese grated *see note for dairy-free option


  • For Bolognese sauce:
    In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-low flame. Add onion, garlic, carrot and celery and saute on low, about 5 minutes.
    Add meat, season with salt and cook stirring frequently, until meat has browned, about 10 minutes. Add tomato puree, tomato paste, bay leaf, salt, oregano to taste.
    Simmer covered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about ½ hour. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • For zucchini: Preheat grill.
  • Cut zucchini lengthwise into thin 1/4 inch strips. Brush each zucchini slice lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Let cool slightly.
  • Assemble roll-ups: Spread about a tablespoon of meat along half of each grilled strip. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, roll up and place seam-side down on a platter. Repeat with each grilled zucchini slice.



  • You can use this mandoline slicer to cut your zucchini. I love this simple tool for cutting up thin strips.  The food holder protects your hand from the blade while you slice.
  • If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can grill your zucchini inside.
    Preheat a grill pan like this one on your stove until it’s hot. You’ll know when it’s hot when you drop a few drops of water on the pan and it sizzles. Carefully add your oiled zucchini slices.
    You can use any skillet, but a griddle will give you the iconic grill lines.
    Alternatively, You could broil them.
  • Can you use store bought Bolognese sauce or your favorite meat sauce? Yes. It would save on clean up and time. 
  • For a dairy-free option, just eliminate the parmesan from the recipe. 😊


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.8g