With apologies to Italian-speakers, this recipe has been around for many years. I''ve never seen it written, but the name sounds like it might be "cucaccil" - which we call Cooked Seal. It''s fairly easy to put together, and is very tasty.
|1||lb hot Italian turkey or chicken sausage cut into 1" pieces. (Placing the sausage in the freezer for a half hour before preparation time makes the cutting a little easier.)|
|1||large onion, chopped|
|1||tbsp olive oil|
|3||cloves garlic, mashed|
|1||8-oz can no-salt-added tomato sauce|
|2||sweet peppers (red, yellow or green preferred, in that order), ribs and seeds removed, and cut into bite-size pieces|
|1||small zucchini, cut into 1/4" slices|
|1/4||cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped, or 1 tbsp dried basil|
|1/4||cup fresh oregano, coarsely chopped, or 1 tbsp dried oregano|
|Salt and pepper to taste|
|2||tbsp grated parmesan cheese|
- Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray. Sauté sausage over medium heat until cooked through.
- Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and reserve.
- Pour off any accumulated grease and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onions and sauté about eight minutes, until onions are translucent and soft.
- Add garlic and sauté one minute.
- Add tomatoes and their juices, the reserved sausage, and all other ingredients except the cheese.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30-40 minutes until vegetables are done to your liking. Correct seasoning.
- Serve alone or with pasta.
- Makes about four servings.
- Nutrition: Unknown. However, note that cooked pasta will add about 200 calories per 1/2 cup serving.