Since being in the IUN Radiography Program in early 2000s, I was afforded the opportunity to meet some great people. This includes one of my x-ray mentors, as well as later on, a coworker, Denise. When I was first married in 2006, I found myself using the crock-pot more and more, since both TBF and I worked full-time or more than full-time. Denise supplied me with this awesome Zucchini Stew recipe that is a staple in our home throughout the year, but especially in late summer, when all the zucchini starts pouring in!
Denise’s Zucchini Stew (Crock-pot) Recipe:
Combine the following in a large crock-pot:
- 2 pounds pork breakfast sausage (I use one pound of the mild breakfast sausage, because we don’t eat a ton of meat, and it still tastes amazing). You can always use a spicier or hotter breakfast sausage if you like more kick, but it already comes with a kick, so be careful!
- 3-4 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3-4 small zucchini, chopped (or 1-2 large zucchini’s chopped)
- 3-5 tomatoes, chopped and peeled (I don’t peel mine and the recipe is amazing)
- 2 large cans of stewed tomatoes (you can use Italian season stewed tomatoes for this, if you wanted)
- 1 large green pepper, chopped (I use whatever color pepper I have)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1/2 tsp. basil
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
(optional: 1 tsp. parsley, 1 tsp. minced garlic)
Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Stir and serve.
This is perfect for those that work 8+ hours at their job and don’t know what to fix when they get home. If you can take the time to prep this either the night before (and put in refrigerator) or prep before you leave for work, you will be thankful to yourself when you get home from work.
Prep time is about 20 minutes.
Also note that this cooks a ton of food. However, this is the perfect meal for someone who lives alone or with one other person, because it freezes and reheats perfectly. We normally will freeze half of the crock-pot and then on a day when I have no planned dinner, I get this out of the freezer and we have delicious reheated meal.