HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Zuccini, summer squash, Italian squash

sylvan Mar 26, 2012 06:45 PM

A friend gave me some beautiful zuccini. I'm single and had just made a huge pot of chicken soup.
This squash will go to waste if I don't use it soon.
I thought perhaps I could sautee it up with onions, oil and freeze it to use it in the future in some pasta sauce.
I know if I freeze it that it will be mush when I thaw it.
Any suggestions how I can use it?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. hotoynoodle RE: sylvan Mar 26, 2012 06:54 PM

    you might try cooking it with some butter or broth and making a puree. then the texture won't matter later.

    you could also make zucchini bread to freeze, but i'm never more than meh with that stuff. :(

    1. e
      escondido123 RE: sylvan Mar 26, 2012 09:03 PM

      For the best flavor, slice vertically and fry in olive oil until brown. Sprinkle with salt and eat from the plate while still warm

      1 Reply
      1. re: escondido123
        Querencia RE: escondido123 Mar 27, 2012 06:26 PM

        Yes, yes, listen to escondido. This is the thing to do with zucchini---saute in real olive oil (makes a difference) and eat it with salt and a squeeze of lemon. Make it your main course. A glass of wine wouldn't hurt, and maybe some good Italian bread to sop up the extra olive oil from the plate. I like to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on it too, but then I like to sprinkle Parmesan on everything.

      2. e
        ErnieD RE: sylvan Mar 26, 2012 09:10 PM

        I've had better luck freezing stuffed zucchini and zucchini bread than zucchini itself. I'm not big on sweet zucchini bread so I make it savory. I was inundated with zucchini last summer from a friend with a garden, and I just now finished the last of the frozen stuffed zuke and bread. I especially like to stuff it with chorizo and black beans.

        1 Reply
        1. re: ErnieD
          sylvan RE: ErnieD Mar 27, 2012 05:42 PM

          the black beans sound great, thanks

        2. Cheese Boy RE: sylvan Mar 26, 2012 09:10 PM

          Zucchini Lasagna is a VERY good choice. Cook it thoroughly, and freeze any leftovers.

          1 Reply
          1. re: Cheese Boy
            sylvan RE: Cheese Boy Mar 27, 2012 05:43 PM

            great suggestion, I don't want to make zuccini bread

          2. njmarshall55 RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 08:13 AM

            Cut in relatively thick slices, scoop out center flesh to make a cup, bake until slightly soft, fill with your favorite savory filling (I like crumbled gorgonzola cheese) and continue to bake until cheese is bubbly and melted. I also slice, coat with Italian flavored bread crumb mix combined with grated hard Italian cheese (prefer pecorino) and bake until brown and fragrant.

            1. Novelli RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 09:25 AM

              Some good avice given here...
              - zucchini bread
              - zucchini al parmigiano (prepare just like eggplant)
              - sauteed

              What I like to do is sautee zucchini with a little onion, garlic, chile, parsley, and s&p until soft. Then hit it with a stick blender or something to puree it. It can be used for pasta sauce or slathered on bread for a nice snack. It keeps pretty well too.

              1 Reply
              1. re: Novelli
                sylvan RE: Novelli Mar 27, 2012 05:45 PM

                Making a sauce out of it is a good choice.

              2. monavano RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 09:41 AM

                Another vote for breads and muffins. Chocolate and zucchini bread.

                1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 10:44 AM

                  Olive oil, salt and pepper then on the grill!

                  1. BananaBirkLarsen RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 10:55 AM

                    I made this Smitten Kitchen recipe once and it was surprisingly good for something so simple. She links to a bunch of other zucchini recipes in the post too, so it might be worth a look around.


                    1 Reply
                    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen
                      hotoynoodle RE: BananaBirkLarsen Mar 27, 2012 02:56 PM

                      i make this all the time! yum.

                      i always add dry thyme to the oil first and then finish the dish with a big squeeze of lemon.

                      2 or 3 zukes cook down to very little volume.

                    2. a
                      alwayshungrygal RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 01:44 PM

                      Saute some chopped garlic in olive oil, then add sliced zucchini, red bell pepper, red onion and Italian seasoning (i.e. parsley, oregano). Cook a few minutes til almost done then add in some grape tomatoes. Cook another few minutes, and add feta cheese. Season with salt & pepper if you want. Cook just another minute or two and it's done. The tomatoes should just burst when you bite into them.

                      Also, sliced/sauteed in olive oil with garlic and add to hot cooked pasta, with parmesan cheese. You could add some pine nuts if you want.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: alwayshungrygal
                        sylvan RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 27, 2012 05:50 PM

                        will definitely do this one, thanks

                      2. n
                        noodlepoodle RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 01:46 PM

                        I have a nice, simple recipe for zucchini chocolate cake for which I can give you the recipe. I also make zucchini fritters which everyone loves in my house.

                        1. suzigirl RE: sylvan Mar 27, 2012 02:24 PM

                          I like it as a side cooked withstewed tomatoes. A can of stewed tomatoes a n one medium zucchini. I saute' the zucchini in garlic and olive oil while I am warming the tomatoes in another pan then add them together. Finish tithe spoon full of butter if you want to enrich it with more yummyness.

                          2 Replies
                          1. re: suzigirl
                            Berheenia RE: suzigirl Mar 27, 2012 02:52 PM

                            Friends of mine did the same thing only with zuke and tomato from their garden and then they froze it in zip lock bags for future use. Delicious.

                            1. re: Berheenia
                              suzigirl RE: Berheenia Mar 29, 2012 03:36 PM

                              All the better if you have fresh. My tomatoes from the garden went to spaghetti sauce, salsa,and stuffed cabbage sauce. And of course a salt shaker and fork.

                          Show Hidden Posts