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Tomato Zucchini Stew

 Tomato Zucchini Stew
Meet the Cook: This recipe's "famous" with my friends and the younger friends of my grown daughter and granddaughter. I make it for potlucks and other get-togethers. The town where I live is now considered "city". When my late husband and I loved here 40 years ago, though, it was country. He was an ex-farm boy, and always had a large vegetable garden. We were well supplied for winter! -Helen
6-8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery (3/4-inch pieces)
  • 8 medium fresh tomatoes (about 4 pounds), peeled and cut into sixths
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 4 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups canned whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 medium green peppers, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, crumble sausage and cook over
  • medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add celery and cook for 15
  • minutes; drain.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato juice, zucchini and seasonings; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add corn and peppers;
  • cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Combine cornstarch and water; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook

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Tomato Zucchini Stew (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and stir until mixture thickens. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.
Editor's Note: Three 28-ounce cans of tomatoes with liquid (cut up) may be substituted for the fresh tomatoes and tomato juice.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 262 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 12 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.