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Meaty Zucchini Stew Recipe

If you're going to a potluck with Phyllis Bertin of Thunder Bay, Ontario, make sure to taste a serving of her savory stew. Slices of zucchini are mixed with ground beef, pork sausage and a assortment of other vegetables to create this one-dish wonder.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean® Premium Pork Sausage Roll
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 medium zucchini, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.
  • 2. Drain tomatoes, reserving the juice; set tomatoes aside. In the same pan, combine the peppers, celery, onion and reserved juice. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • 3. Add the meat, tomatoes, zucchini, tomato juice and seasonings. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until zucchini is tender, stirring occasionally. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with lean ground beef and turkey sausage; calculated without Parmesan cheese) equals 175 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 630 mg sodium, 10 carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.