Easy, delicious, fresh, low-carb, seasonal, amazing!
I make this recipe straight from the garden. The kids love it!
2 lbs zucchini*, grated (I use my food processor’s grater attachment)
1 lb pork sausage, kielbasa, or other seasoned meat
(Vegetarian option: Use the seeds shaken off a lambs quarters plant in late summer) google it
6 fresh tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
lard, olive oil, or other fat for frying
optional: mushrooms, sliced or diced
Put a large pot of water to boil.
slowly brown sausage in large frying pan, set aside.
Slice onion thinly and saute over medium-low heat in 2-3 T lard or oil. If you have enough fat in the pan from frying the sausage, just use that instead.
If using mushrooms, add them about 5-10 minutes after starting the onions.
When onions are transparent, but not yet beginning to caramelize, add zucchini. Stir it occasionally.
When water is boiling, drop in the tomatoes for about one minute, then remove them, cut off the tops and slip the skins off.
(I used to resist doing this, thinking it would be too much work, but really, it’s easy and well worth the extra effort for the freshest sauce! But if you really don’t want to, go ahead and use 2 cans of canned tomatoes)
Run the tomatoes in the food processor to puree them. You may have to do this in 2-3 batches to avoid making a mess.
Add pressed or minced garlic, salt, pepper and oregano to the tomatoes.
By this time, the zucchini and onions should be softened. Add the tomato sauce and continue to cook until it’s the consistency you like. Then, put the sausage back in for about 5 minutes until heated through.
*Look for non-GMO zucchini in the store. Better yet, grow your own. It’s a pretty easy crop. And for that matter, grow your own garlic and tomatoes. Nothing beats fresh tomatoes from your own garden.
Both of my grandmothers grew lots of vegetables in their gardens. Working in your garden saves you money, gives you good exercise and fresh air and sunshine. Eating locally and fresh is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. It doesn’t get any fresher or more local than your own garden!