For a simple, tasty summer dish pair zucchini with tomatoes


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August 17, 2005|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Shirley Foy of Baltimore wrote that she had lost a favorite recipe that appeared a few years ago in Southern Living magazine for summer squash with tomatoes and onions.

Kathleen Kosinski of North East sent in a recipe from Southern Living Annual Cookbook, 1987 that sounded like what Shirley was looking for.

This is the time of year to make this dish, preferably with just-picked zucchini, tomatoes and basil from your garden.

This recipe calls for dried basil, but when I tested it I decided to substitute with the fresh because I had it growing. Whenever substituting fresh for dried, you must increase the quantity of fresh. I added 1 heaping tablespoon. As I suspected, the fresh basil added a nice touch to the look and taste of this simple yet wonderful summer dish.

FOR THE RECORD - In last week's recipe for Zucchini and Tomatoes with Basil, a step was omitted from the instructions. After sauteing the onion and basil in oil for 1 minute, stir in the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook until tender.

Zucchini and Tomatoes With Basil

Makes 4 to 6 servings

2 medium zucchini ( 3/4 pound)

1/2 cup diced onion

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Cut zucchini into 1/4 -inch slices; set aside. Saute onions and basil in oil over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Add tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Serve immediately.

Per serving (based on 6 servings): 37 calories; 2 grams protein; 2 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 5 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 198 milligrams sodium

Recipe requests

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