Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins
This recipe is really good as a side dish and wonderful over pasta. It's an adaptation of a recipe a Zaar member sent me in response to my request. I was looking for a recipe duplicating the commercially made zucchini in tomato sauce. You MUST use a pressure cooker/canner. I have a little 4 quart pressure cooker that only holds 4 pints at a time. This recipe makes 8, so I make all the sauce, add half the zucchini, process it and then proceed with the other half of the zucchini. If I used all the zucchini at once, it would be mush by the time the first batch came out of the canner.
- 5 lbs zucchini (not peeled, ends trimmed and seeded before weighing)
- 2 (28 ounce) cans tomato puree
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 4 teaspoons salt
- Wash zucchini. Do not peel. Cut into 1/2 inch chunks. Weigh and set aside.
- Combine tomato puree, onion, green pepper and spices. Bring to a boil. Hint: Use a deep pot to contain some of the splatter. Stir often and take care it doesn't scorch.
- Once it comes to a boil, add the zucchini. Stir often and bring again to a boil.
- Put 1/2 teaspoon salt into each pint jar.
- Use a slotted spoon to pack zucchini chunks into hot, sterilized jars.
- Run a non-metal spatula around the inside of the jar to remove any air pockets.
- Press the zucchini down firmly. Add tomato sauce to fill jar, leaving 1/2 inch head space.
- Wipe jar rims and threads. Add hot lids and rings. Screw down to finger tight.
- Place jars in canner on rack with 1-1/2 inches of boiling water.
- Cover, leave vent open. Heat and allow steam to vent for 10 minutes.
- Close vent, bring to pressure. Process pints at 10 lbs. for 25 minutes, quarts at 10 lbs. for 40 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Allow pressure to reduce naturally.
- Check seals and label. Refrigerate any jars that haven't sealed and use within a few days.
I made a ton of this this Sumer when the garden was overflowing and now find it my go-to winter meal in a hurry. Served over pasta with ground beef or sausage and I have a tasty meal in 15 minutes. Tastes perfect as is. Easy to make. Wouldn't change a thing.
This was absolutely what the farmer ordered! Have cooked up 30 qts. I tweaked the recipe and added black pepper, and some chili powder for a little taste. My kids eat it right out of the jar, it is so good. The salt ratio is just fine... it help's tame the sweetness of the tomato puree.
I have been looking for a tomato/summer squash/onion recipe. I found this and I just would like to point out most recipes I have canned uses 1/2 teaspoon canning salt for one pint of produce and 1 teaspoon of canning salt for 1 quart of produce.