Okay, okay, guys. I am eating this very own dish as I write a blog post about it. I HAD to share it because it’s so amazing. I had to even look up synonyms for delicious just so I could find more ways to describe this easy and…delicious recipe! Zucchini is usually in season throughout the summer, and I this was my staple dish all throughout hot month last year. So, when I went about my business at the grocery store early this week, and passed the produce aisle, I decided it was time to bring back an old favorite into the kitchen and make my Zucchini and Pork stew. To be honest though, it started off as a an alternative to spaghetti, but then I realized that my proportion of meat to zucchini was off, and turned into a stew, haha. But that wrong direction led me to discover one of my favorite dishes! The weather is still a little dark here in Portland, and I think this dish is perfect to warm you up with mushroom, onions, peppers, Italian usage, and the lot! So without any more rambling, let’s get on with the recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need for six servings:
- 1lb hot Italian sausage
- 3-4 medium sized zucchinis
- 1 (26oz) bottle of pasta sauce of your choice (I used the mushroom and green pepper chunky sauce)
- 1/2 large white onion
- 1tbsp onion powder*
- 1tbsp garlic powder*
- 1/2tbsp chili powder*
- 3/4 tbsp chili flakes*
*Or change to your liking!
- Use a spiralizer or a Veggetti to create the spaghetti-like zucchini noodles. I used the thin cut side on my Vaggetti because it steams faster. 4 Zucchinis may seem like a lot, but they soften and shrivel up as you steam them.
- In batches, steam the zucchini. I used my rice cooker (talk about versatility, guys!) and steamed for about 3-4 minutes.
- As the zucchini steams, add in the sausage into a pan. No need for oils as the fat in the meat will suffice.
- Add in the chopped onion as the meat starts to brown up. The oils will give the onion great flavor!
- Add in the onion, garlic, and chili powder with the chili flakes and make sure everything is coated, and the meat is cooked through (I cooked the meat for about 18 minutes on a medium-high heat)
- Add in the steamed zucchini in batches and mix well with the meat.
- Turn the knob of the cooker to a simmer and add in the pasta sauce. Add in about 1/2 cup of water into the pan and let it simmer fora bout 8-10 minutes. This will thicken up the stew and when you run a wooden spoon on the bottom of the pan, you should be able to see the mark it leaves (if you get what I mean there…).
- Take it off the pan, serve, and devour!
It’s a hearty dish on a cold day for lunch or dinner, and leftovers for days! If you really want to add a side of carbs, Ciabatta is a great option! Here are some photographs from the many times I made it these last few weeks:
I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe and give it a go! And I’ll be back soon!