Nonna’s Zucchini Mash

My Nonna’s zucchini mash has been a family favourite and I share her recipe with you. Zucchini can be used in many ways but this simple but tasty mash makes a great accompaniment to any meal. This is also good way to use the large zucchinis from the garden. When cooked slowly with onion, garlic and parsley, the zucchini collapses into a delicious mash that everyone will love.

Nonna’s Zucchini Mash

IMG_20190616_095949-Zucchini large


  • 6 large zucchini
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Wash the zucchini then scrape the skin lightly using a serated knifeIMG_20190616_101414-zucchini preparation
  2. Finely chop the onion, parsley and the clove of garlicIMG_20190616_102334-zucchini mash ingredients2
  3. Cut the prepared zucchini lengthwise into quarters and then chop these into thin piecesIMG_20190616_102742-zucchini chopped
  4. Into a large heavy based fry pan with a lid, add the olive oil and the knob of butter over a medium-low heat
  5. When the butter foams add the onion and cook until it is translucent, about 6-8 minutesIMG_20190616_102900-Onions cooking
  6. When the onions are translucent add the zucchini pieces, chopped parsley and garlicIMG_20190616_103140-Zucchini mash cooking1
  7. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper
  8. Add a little water, cover and cook on medium low until the zucchini have collapsed (about an hour) adding a little extra water from time to time to prevent the zucchini catching.IMG_20190616_103952-zucchini mash cooking 2
  9. When the zucchini are fully cooked they should be collapsed (with the liquid evaporated) into a thick mash. Crush any large pieces of zucchini that may remain with the back of a wooden spoon
  10. Serve this tasy mash as an accompaniment for meat or fish dishes or with your favourite omelette or pie.IMG_20190612_121525-Zucchini mash

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