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


  1. Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray. Sauté sausage over medium heat until cooked through.
  2. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and reserve.
  3. Pour off any accumulated grease and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onions and sauté about eight minutes, until onions are translucent and soft.
  4. Add garlic and sauté one minute.
  5. Add tomatoes and their juices, the reserved sausage, and all other ingredients except the cheese.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30-40 minutes until vegetables are done to your liking. Correct seasoning.
  7. Serve alone or with pasta.


    1. Makes about four servings.
    2. Nutrition: Unknown. However, note that cooked pasta will add about 200 calories per 1/2 cup serving.