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Zuccini, summer squash, Italian squash

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?

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

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      1. re: escondido123

        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. 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.

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        1. re: ErnieD

          the black beans sound great, thanks

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

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          1. re: Cheese Boy

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

          2. 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. 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.

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              1. re: Novelli

                Making a sauce out of it is a good choice.

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

                1. Olive oil, salt and pepper then on the grill!

                  1. 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.


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                    1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                      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. 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.

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                      1. 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. 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.

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                          1. re: suzigirl

                            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

                              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.