Braised zucchini is a great way to use up summers' best vegetables! There's a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. Serve with soft crusty bread.

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Mom’s garden has been mass producing zucchini for the past month. Actually, all of the veggies in this recipe came from her garden. There’s a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. If you want your kiddos to eat it, you might add half of the hot sauce or none at all.

My son isn’t keen on spicy foods, but we sure are. Even though this mix is barely spicy, he detects any amount of heat and refuses to proceed. We’ll just have to make a second batch for him 🙂 

Ingredients for Braised Zucchini

4 small (2 lbs) zucchini, diced
3 medium (3/4 lb) carrots, grated
4 small (1 lb) yellow onions, finely chopped
2 medium/large tomatoes (1 lb), skinned and diced
2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and diced
3 bay leaves
1 tsp Mrs. Dash
2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp hot sauce (Tabasco or Tapatio)

Crusty Bread to Serve (We bought the Rosemary olive oil bread from Costco).

Braised Zucchini Mix

How to Make Braised Zucchini and Vegetables:

1. Heat a large, deep pan over medium/high heat. Once it’s hot, swirl in 2 Tbsp olive oil. Dice onion (I used Vidalia Chopper) and grate carrots. Sauté them until soft (5 min on medium heat), stirring to keep the veggies from scorching.

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2. Dice bell peppers and add them to the pan. Sauté until soft, stirring occasionally (another 5 min).

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3. Dice 4 zucchini. To make it easier to peel the tomatoes, we first blanched them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Dice tomatoes. Add zucchini and diced tomatoes to the pan. Add 3 bay leaves. Cover and cook on med/high until zucchini release their juice (20 min) stirring occasionally.

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4. Remove cover and season with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 2 salt (or to taste) and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in 1 Tbsp hot sauce or to taste, then simmer another 5 min or until your mixture is spreadable and not too watery.

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Braised zucchini is a great way to use up summers' best vegetables! There's a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. Serve with soft crusty bread.

Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread and Giveaway!

4.95 from 18 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
There’s a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. If you want your kiddos to eat this, you might add half of the hot sauce or none at all.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 -8
  • 4 small, 2 lbs zucchini, diced
  • 3 medium, 3/4 lb carrots, grated
  • 4 small, 1 lb yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium/large tomatoes, 1 lb, skinned and diced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce, Tabasco or Tapatio
  • Crusty Bread to Serve, We bought the Rosemary olive oil bread from Costco.

Instructions

  • How to Braise Zucchini and Vegetables:
  • Heat a large, deep pan over medium/high heat. Once it’s hot, swirl in 2 Tbsp olive oil. Dice onion and grate carrots. Sauté them until soft (5 min on medium heat), stirring to keep the veggies from scorching.
  • Dice bell peppers and add them to the pan. Sauté until soft, stirring occasionally (another 5 min).
  • Dice 4 zucchini. To make it easier to peel the tomatoes, we first blanched them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Dice tomatoes. Add zucchini and diced tomatoes to the pan. Add 3 bay leaves. Cover and cook on med/high until zucchini release their juice (20 min) stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cover and season with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 2 salt (or to taste) and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in 1 Tbsp hot sauce or to taste, then simmer another 10 min or until your mixture is spreadable and not too watery.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: Braised Zucchini Spread
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $
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  • Natalya S.
    September 27, 2019

    This is yummy! I can’t believe I didn’t think to check your website for zucchini recipes before! I have been drowning in humongous zucchini from my garden and I’ve been giving them away because it was too much for us and I didn’t know how to use up that much. I got some great recipes from you now

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2019

      I’m so glad so discovered this recipe, Natalya! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Katerina
    July 22, 2017

    I made it today with all the beautiful vegetables I picked up at the farmers market this morning. We enjoyed it. I would probably even serve it as a side dish. I wasn’t able to find red peppers and made it with green. I was wandering if anyone have tried freezing it? Thanks for a very precise recipe. It was very easy to follow.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2017

      Hi Katerina, thank you for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I haven’t tried freezing it but I imagine it would work. Maybe someone else has tried? Thanks in advance! 🙂

      Reply

  • Olya
    August 14, 2015

    When I cut my veggies they are not same in size, this chopper would be awesome!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2015

      It really is a great tool!

      Reply

  • Galina
    August 6, 2015

    Hi Natasha thank you sooooo much for all this delesiouse zucchini recipes… one question how long can you keep this braised zucchini?? Where??

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2015

      You can keep refrigerated for probably up to 5 days or so. It refrigerates and reheats really well. I like to reheat it on a skillet.

      Reply

  • Natasha
    August 4, 2015

    Thanks for bumping up this recipe in your recent post…making this now and I’m 5min away from being all don’t and my oh my does it smells soooo good!

    Thanks Natasha

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2015

      I’m totally making this today also! I hope you LOVE it! 🙂

      Reply

      • Natasha
        August 4, 2015

        Loved it!!!!!!

        Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 4, 2015

          Awesome!! Thanks Natasha 🙂

          Reply

  • Sveta
    September 4, 2013

    This sounds and looks so yummy! Will be making this tonight!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 4, 2013

      Let me know what you think :).

      Reply

  • Sveta
    September 2, 2013

    subscribed to your youtube!

    Reply

  • Sveta
    September 2, 2013

    This amazing chopper would be great in my kitchen once i get married next year! i pinned the recipe and intend on trying it! http://pinterest.com/pin/391109548860563065/

    Reply

  • Lana
    September 1, 2013

    I pinned it on Pinterest! The link won’t copy here for some reason… Sorry not sure if that counts then

    Reply

  • Valentina
    September 1, 2013

    Have 4 kids, you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Hope I win this 🙂

    Reply

  • Wehaf
    September 1, 2013

    This would make chopping and dicing so much easier and faster because I would only have to cut my vegetables into large chunks, instead of tiny, uniform pieces.

    Reply

  • Tanush mel
    September 1, 2013

    i subscribed to your youtube thingy!! 🙂

    Reply

  • Tanush mel
    September 1, 2013

    http://pinterest.com/pin/141089400799655311/
    pinned it!!

    Reply

  • oksana
    September 1, 2013

    I might actually make more oliviye if I had one of these instead of waiting til holiday parties to eat it!! All that chopping and dicing makes me scared to start! LOL

    Reply

  • Olga B
    September 1, 2013

    Subscribed on your YouTube channel

    Reply

  • Mila
    September 1, 2013

    http://pinterest.com/_/_/about/goodies/#browser

    Pinned on Pinterest 🙂

    Reply

  • Mila
    September 1, 2013

    This tool would make my life so much easier with chopping veggies for olivie and many other things. 🙂 I would LOVE to win it!

    Reply

  • Diana
    September 1, 2013

    I’ve pinned it. 🙂

    http://pinterest.com/pin/145241156706148557/

    Reply

  • Rebecca
    September 1, 2013

    Wow, I bet that gadget would be an amazing time saver! Especially would love to use it for onions…

    Reply

  • Tanya Kim
    September 1, 2013

    I have shared this recipe in Facebook, & going to try this recipe today! The Vidali Chop Wizard would help out a lot with the chopping! 🙂

    Reply

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