Zucchini Stew With Fresh Tomato Sauce (Crock Pot)

Prep Time
Cook Time
6h 30m
Ready In

"Good recipe to use up those 'zukes that got too big in the garden. If you don't have time to make the fresh tomato sauce, I think about 3 cups of any tomato product will fit the bill. Oh, and don't skimp on the Sockarooni ;-)"

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (634.3 g)
  • Calories 284.1
  • Total Fat - 7.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 72.3 mg
  • Sodium - 670.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 24.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.2 g
  • Sugars - 16.2 g
  • Protein - 29.5 g
  • Calcium - 91.3 mg
  • Iron - 5.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 55.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

To make fresh tomato sauce, start by sautéing 1/2 of one onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft.

Step 2

Add tomatoes and break up with a spatula. When they start to cook down a little, add one cup of broth, the cup of V8 and a bay leaf. ...and a few shakes of Italian seasoning for good measure. (Not much, there is plenty of flavor in the Sockarooni)

Step 3

Bring to a boil, stirring. Turn down sauce to a simmer, and start browning the ground meat

Step 4

In a big frying pan or Dutch oven, sauté the rest of the onions in the last tbsp of olive oil.

Step 5

When onions start to get soft, add ground meat and shredded carrots. Continue cooking until meat is no longer pink.

Step 6

By now the tomato sauce should be about done. Remove the bay leaf and toss into the crock pot along with the second bay leaf.

Step 7

Add the optional 4 ounces of wine to tomatoes at this point. I have no idea why. All I had was Port and threw it in anyway... I liked it! Simmer a few more minutes to evaporate alcohol.

Step 8

Drain meat mixture if necessary. Dump this into the crock pot with the jar of Sockarooni.

Step 9

Use a food mill or like instrument to grind tomato mixture into sauce right into the pot.

Step 10

Mix well. If you would like this to be a juicy soup, add the last cup of broth. Keep in mind the zucchinis will release water as they cook down.

Step 11

If you would like it as a thick stew, cover the pot as-is and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Step 12

Be sure to remove bay leaves before serving. Don't they always end up in DH's bowl? haha!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Okay, I did this in two parts due to my small crock pot. The pic is the first part. I cooked it with two thirds of the meat mixture and one cup of broth. It had too much of a tomato wang, due to the wrong amounts. After our first bowls of food I added the second bowl of broth and the rest of the meat, which was turkey. I tasted and it was much better. Perfect!! I am now cooking more to get the carrots done. It was a zucchini recipe, but I didn't have room for too much zucchini. This was still very good and it will be good if I reduce the amounts. Five stars.

(13 Sep 2020)