Move over tomato sauce…zucchini sauce is a delicious summer alternative.
While vacationing in Amalfi Coast, Italy, I came to love the restaurant Buca di Bacco in Positano. Besides for the gorgeous views and the delicious food, the people we met there were so kind and charming. We ended up eating there multiple nights.
The first night there, we met Chef Andrea Ruggiero and quickly became friends. While the restaurant was already able to cater to gluten-free and vegetarian requests, he promised to make me a few special dishes while I was there, including this Zucchini Sauce.
He served it over a gluten-free gnocchi, but this could be used on any sort of (gluten-free) pasta dish, or even a flavorful replacement for sauce on a cauliflower crust pizza, or straight over sauteed or grilled vegetables.
Here’s hoping this recipe transports you to the beautiful coast of Italy!
- 3 green zucchini
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
- 12 zucchini flowers*
- 6 basil leaves, chiffonade.
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup water
- Remove the skin (but reserve it) from the zucchini. Do this by cutting off the two ends, then cutting it into a cube like shape, by cutting down the 4 sides. Cube the inner flesh of the zucchini and set aside. Then, julienne the skin (cut into thin strips). Set aside.
- In a pan over medium heat, saute onions in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil until fragrant and soft.
- Add raw potato, saute until it becomes golden, then add cubed zucchini and saute until it just about disappears. Add about 1 cup of water to cover bottom of the pan.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes until everything is soft.
- Add to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in salt to taste, and set aside.
- Next, saute julienned zucchini skin: Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat, then add zucchini skin, cooking until soft. Add to sauce. Repeat with zucchini flowers.
- Mix the sauce well, and pour over gluten-free fusili pasta or vegetables. Top with basil.
- *You can find these at farmer's markets.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.