Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stuffed Zucchini & The Hazan Family Cookbook

Have you heard about the new Hazan Family Cookbook written by Giuliano Hazan (yes he is the son of Marcella Hazan). Rescued from a 56 year old notebook, this cookbook contains 85 family recipes influenced by both the Italian & Middle Eastern sides of the family.

What I like most about the book is that the recipes are accompanied by full page color photos and interesting tidbits about the history of each dish.

This cookbook contains simple, easy to make, everyday good food.  Both novice and experienced cooks alike can appreciate the recipes and techniques found within.  You'll find everything from Stuffed Zucchini (see recipe below) to Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream to Pasta with Peppers and Pancetta.  The recipes are truly a remembrance of  Giuliano's growing up around the table.

Stuffed Zuchini
(courtesy of Giuliano Hazan, Hazan family favorites)

3 lbs zucchini1/2 lb ground beef
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1/8 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
black pepper
1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes
1 garlic clove
2 Tbs olive oil

Cut of the ends of the zucchini, then cut each in half crosswise.  Use an apple corer or dinner knife to scoop out the inside of each zucchini, leaving a tube shape with a 1/4 inch wall.  Save the pulp for another meal.

Put the ground meat and rice in a mixing bowl.  Add the grated nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands, then fill the hollowed-out zucchini with the mixture.  Only fill up to about 1/4 inch from the ends to allow space for the rice to expand as it cooks.

Coarsely chop the tomatoes.

Peel and finely chop the garlic and put it with the olive oil in a shallow braising pan or a skillet deep enough to accommodate the zucchini.  Place the skillet over medium-high heat.  When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the tomatoes and season lightly with salt.

Once the tomatoes are bubbling add the stuffed zucchini and lower the heat to medium. Cook until very tender, 45-50 minutes.  If there's still liquid in the pan when they are done, raise the heat and cook uncovered until the sauce reduces.  Serve hot or at room temperature.


  1. I think it's funny that out of 85 recipes, we both picked the same one to try! Apparently, you had much more patience hollowing out your zucchini than I did :)

  2. Hi Theresa! I love Marcella Hazan. I'm going to have to check out her family cookbook. :)
    This recipe sounds yummy.. I love stuffing zucchini.. but I usually take the easy way out and fill them sliced in half. yumm, comfort food!! :)

  3. The zucchini looks great - I want this cookbook!

  4. What a great cookbook! I love it when cookbooks are filled with family recipes and stories to go with them!

  5. I love the way you write your blogs! Yummy, yummy! Looks delicious!!!

  6. Love this, it looks fantastic! I really love this cookbook.

  7. I am always looking for new recipes for zucchini! This looks delicious! :)

  8. I really love it. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I always love zucchini! This recipe is perfect for Monday dinner. Thank you!

  10. This recipe really looks delicious. Zucchini is my favorite. Thanks for sharing!