Zucchini are stealth-growers.

Their goal is to grow as large as vegetably-possible. They hide. They manipulate leaves to cover themselves. They suck nutrients from the soil as they quickly gain size and shape. Then – without any warning, they show themselves in all of their weighted glory.

Or, at least, that’s what it seems like.

I’m in the garden checking things every day, but I didn’t see this monster until yesterday morning. It was hiding… mocking me…


But I had the last laugh on this one… What does one do with a 1 3/4 pound zucchini?!? Why… one stuffs it – – with sausage and peppers and onions and a chunk of our homemade bread and lots and lots of cheese!


It was a clean-out-the-‘fridge recipe, tonight…

  • Zucchini
  • Buccellato di Lucca
  • Spring onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Calabrian Chili Paste
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mozzarella

I made a quick blender sauce of onion, pepper, tomato, basil, garlic, mint, oregano, S&P. Poured half into a 9×13 bking dish.

I cooked up the sausage, Calabrian chili paste, onion, peppers, basil, ad garlic. Into a bowl with the crumbled bread.

I added the rest of the quick sauce and mixed it all together.

Hollowed out the zucchini, stuffed it, and then covered and baked for 30 minutes. Uncovered, added the mozzarella, and placed back into the oven until all melty and gooey.


It was huge – and waaaaaaay too much for one meal – so we’re having it for lunch, today.

I’m on the lookout for more of these monsters!