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    Italian Cucuzza Stew

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    45 mins

    Ntune2food's Note:

    I grew up with this recipe. My grandmother would sometimes cook hers without the ground meat and would add a handful of fettucini to the pot.

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    1. 1
      Brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain and set aside.
    2. 2
      In a large dutch oven, add the olive oil and sauté the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic for about 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
    3. 3
      Add the ground beef to the pot along with the can of whole tomatoes, add the cucuzza, and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered for around 45 minutes or until the squash is cooked.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 16, 2013

      Based on the 5-star rating and reviews, I am making this now...easy recipe (only one pot!) and I wish you could smell the aroma in my kitchen! The only change I made was that I didn't have any thyme in the house; so I used an Italian Seasoning blend of dried herbs, added a few fresh basil leaves and cut the garlic down to 2 large cloves. I will serve it over fried polenta slices and garnish it with grated Parmesan. Yum, Yum, Yum!!!

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    • on July 30, 2013


      Being new to NOLA, i wanted to try something new from a farm stand. the cucuzza caught my attention being only $2.00 for such a big squash. plenty for several recipe's. i made this stew with hot Italian sausage instead of hamburg.(i used a roll of jimmy dean & made small meatballs like chunks ) I don't like whole tomatoes, so i used diced tomatoes with green chilies. 1 green bell pepper diced, i added about 7 bay leaves, a little rosemary & oregano. simmered about 1hr 1/2 over low served it over penn pasta ,garnished with grated Romano cheese, a side slice of French bread. my husband said i could make it again :-) he kept saying how it's bursting with so many flavors in different directions( prob the closest i got him to Italy with any dish i have ever made him) most def will make this again....the leftover pasta i mixed in for the next day was even yummier as it all had time to season...p.s while the stew was simmering, i made the chocolate cucuzza cake ..... thanks

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    • on August 11, 2012

      I am growing cucuzza in my backyard, never have enough recipes. This one was excellent, I made it this morning while everyone was asleep, only I added homemade red gravy &Italian cheese & I will probably serve it over Pasta. Love getting family recipes & adding my own touch, its fun.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Cucuzza Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (329 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 135.3
    Calories from Fat 55
    Total Fat 6.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 29.4 mg
    Sodium 60.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 10.7 g

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