Med’s Italian Zucchini


Ellen’s Italian Mom isn’t with us any longer, but one way she lives on in the family is through her recipes. Mary Rose, known affectionately as Med, gave us this one. I’m not a big fan of zucchini as a rule, but I like it this way.


2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium Italian green peppers, chopped
2 celery stalks sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium zucchini, 1/2-inch slices, quartered
4 tablespoons olive oil

28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced (or 1 tablespoon dried)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste


Heat olive oil in a large pot and saute onions, peppers and celery until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and zucchini and saute a few more minutes.


Add remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until zucchini is tender. Adjust seasonings as needed.


Serve over rice or pasta. Can be topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, or just more freshly ground pepper, as shown at the top. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

2 thoughts on “Med’s Italian Zucchini

  1. Nate Piekos

    Todd, how long have you been a vegetarian? (I’m assuming — your recipes are all sans meat…)

    I was a vegetarian/vegan for 3 years. My wife for 5. I ended up going back to eating meat when I finally got on the daily gym schedule that steals me away from lettering each day. Despite all the soy, seitan and beans, I just couldn’t provide the protein I needed to gain lean muscle mass w/ weight lifting. The one thing I never regained a taste for was milk. Years later, I’m still drinking Silk brand Unsweetened soy milk every day, or unsweetened almond milk. Still love seitan stir fried w/ fresh ginger and sesame oil, too.


  2. Todd Post author

    Actually Ellen is the vegetarian, not vegan because she eats eggs, and milk products. I eat vegetarian with her at home, except will have chicken soup or canned salmon for lunch sometimes when she’s not here. When we’re out to dinner I often have fish, occasionally chicken or pork. I try to avoid beef whenever possible. We were using Silk products for a few years, but are now using Almond Milk instead, as Ellen’s doctor wanted her to cut down on soy products. That knocked out a few of our regular recipes, too. We get along fine, though. Ellen does some hand weights, which I use occasionally, but most of my exercise is walking, about 3 miles a day.

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