The garden tomato, cucumber, and zucchini glut is upon us, and I am driven to distraction figuring out ways to keep up with the produce as it comes in.
My favorite way to prepare the tomatoes is to make a batch of marinara sauce using this recipe from my blog. This is a quick sauce that can be made in the time it takes to boil a pot of water and cook a pound of pasta. The sauce freezes well and is a delight to eat in the middle of winter.
For the cukes, I’ve been making refrigerator pickles. My family adores them. They are especially delicious served over BBQ or hamburgers.
For the abundance of zucchini and summer squash, I’ve been experimenting with a Kitchen Aid spiralizer, and by experimenting, I mean having fun making oodles of zoodles at warp speed. I spiralized all these varieties of squash in a few minutes
I’ve spiralized beautiful red and gold beets to add to salads.
I’ve spiralized apples for apple pie.
I’ve spiralized zucchini to make lasagna-sized noodles.
Even at The Nashville Food Project, where I am a volunteer chef, the prep team now spiralizes much of the thousands of pounds of donated zucchini to make fantastic meals like this one.
My first spiralizer was this simple-to-use handheld OXO device.
Later, I advanced to this deluxe Kitchen Aid attachment.
1 batch of Fresh Marinara Sauce
3 pounds of zucchini (or summer squash)
Reggiano Parmesan cheese
Prepare the marinara sauce as described in the blog post.
Wash zucchini or squash and cut off blossom tip and stem. Use a spiralizer to create noodles.
Add spiralized noodles to hot marinara sauce in increments. Stir in more noodles as the each batch softens and collapses into the sauce.
Cook zoodles for about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with Reggiano Parmesan cheese and serve.
Other Recipes Using Summer Vegetables and Fruit:
Roasted Roma Tomatoes
Roasted Beet Salad
String Bean Salad
Amazingly Delicious Sautéed Carrots
Fresh Marinara Sauce with Pasta
Rachelle’s Italian Sausage, Onions, and Peppers
Yummy Shepherd’s Pie
50 Ways to Make a Frittata
Ellen’s Most Moist Zucchini Bread
How to Make Grape Jelly (and grow the grapes)
Very Berry Clafoutis
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