Stewed Zucchini With Tomatoes and Garlic Recipe

zucchini and tomatoes stewed
Diana Rattray
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
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Are you looking for a quick side dish recipe for your zucchini? Zucchini and tomatoes make a winning team this great-tasting side dish. This is an excellent way to use your fresh zucchini, and it's a quick recipe to prepare.

What You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 medium zucchini, unpeeled, cubed
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes (or two 14.5-ounce cans)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 large sweet onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, green or combination of red and green
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the zucchini, tomatoes*, tomato sauce, celery, onion, bell pepper, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the zucchini and other vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the cover for the last 10 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings.

*Feel free to use fresh tomatoes if you have them.

Core and peel about 10 medium whole tomatoes; dice them and add them to the zucchini along with the tomato sauce, vegetables, and seasonings.  

Expert Tips

  • Add about 1/2 pound of sliced fresh or frozen okra to the dish about halfway through the cooking time.
  • Garnish the dish with cooked crumbled bacon.
  • Saute about 1 cup of fresh sliced mushrooms and add them to the dish along with the zucchini and tomatoes.
  • Complementary herbs: Basil, mint, oregano, thyme, and tarragon.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 69
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Sodium 282 mg
Carbohydrates 14 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)