Shaved Zucchini with Garden Tomato Sauce

There are actually 2 ideas here, each can be done alone, of course, but I wanted to share how I used a bit of Mom’s garden surplus.

First up… Fresh from the garden tomato sauce!

This is the first time I’ve made my own homemade sauce from tomatoes, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results.

Shaved Zucchini with Garden Tomato Sauce Plus it was EASY! I mean really, really a cinch.

Here’s what I did…

  • ~30 garden ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 9 cloves of garlic (3 minced, 6 whole)
  • ~60 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp of garlic powder (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp italian seasoning (to taste)

Wash the tomatoes and remove any stems.

Just look at these babies! Mom did a good job! :)

Shaved Zucchini with Garden Tomato Sauce - the tomato

Heat the oil in a larger sauce pan and sauté the onion and garlic.

Shaved Zucchini with Garden Tomato Sauce - the onion

While the onion is cooking, puree the tomatoes, basil leaves, and garlic cloves in the blender. You may have to do two batches depending on how large your blender is.

The puree will look pink. That’s ok, it will darken while cooking.

Add the puree to the pot with the onions and bring to a boil while stirring. Once boiled, lower to a simmer and cook all day. I’d say at least 4-5 hours.

Stir occasionally, and after a few hours taste test and add the dry spices.

Serve over your favorite pasta or….

Idea 2: Shaved Zucchini

I used the monstrous sized zucchini but any size will work.

Using a potato peeler shave the zucchini making strips.

I liked leaving a small strip of skin.

Now you can prepare these one of two ways. Bring a pot of water to a boil and flash cook for about 30 seconds or sauté with a bit of olive oil or non-stick spray.

I did it over medium-high heat, tossing continuously. If you like them softer you can add a splash of water as well.

Pile the cooked zucchini on a plate..

and top with you homemade sauce!

Super tasty and light! I don’t have time to calculate Nutritional Info (I’m off to BlogHer) but it’s ALL vegetables. I don’t worry about dishes like this when it comes to calorie counting.

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17 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Nicole

    Ahhh…this brings back memories of my mom making a huge pot of her tomato sauce every year and then freezing portions so we could use it for months to come. Can I say holy cow to that zucchini? This looks like a great and yummy idea though!

  2. Elayne

    Wow, this looks great. Did you take the skin off the tomoatoes prior to putting them in the blender to puree? I have never made homemade sauce and this recipe is something I can handle!!

  3. David Shepherd

    Sounds Great! We love summer time and growing tomatoes. I took a little different systematic approach to my garden and tomato growing problems this year link to . I have to say I’ve never made homemade sauce yet but am anxiously waiting to… As soon as I have enough ripened tomatoes, I’m trying your recipe!!!

  4. Mila

    This is amazing! I am on a Market Share program where we get a random assortment of local produce every week, and last fall I’d been overwhelmed by the amounts of squash and zucchini. I basically baked them all into breads. I’m so excited now for fettucine zucchini and spaghetti squash!

  5. Mila

    How long does it take to slice up the zucchini? I’ve been seeing people recommending spiralizers and the like but I want to know if it’s worth it; time is a luxury in college.

  6. roni

    If you want to eat it, it’s worth the time in my opinion. :) But honestly, you can shave it real fast, just have to find your groove with it.

  7. yum

    This recipe is so good! I can’t stop making it! Do you think eggplant would work in the same way? Eggplant seems more temperamental but I’d love to find different veggies to sub in so I don’t OD on zucchini.

  8. roni

    ahh you can’t OD on zucchini! ;) All joking aside, I’d try some winter squashes like butternut. They may be better quick boiled though.

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