How To Make Zucchini Provencal

In a proper Italian style, Zucchini Provencal is one of the tastiest kinds of Zucchinis that you can whip up easily at your home. And, it’s not really very difficult to make it either. It will take just twenty minutes of your time in the kitchen and can serve four to six persons. This is yet another colourful and delicious dishes coming from Italy and you must try it at least once.

Prep time: 20 min
Bake time: 10 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 4-6 servings
Utensils: Large bowl, spoon, oven, sauté pan, plates

Zucchini, preferably straight and thin (1- to 1 1/2 inches in diameter): 3
Fruity olive oil: 2 tablespoons
Ripe heirloom or vine tomatoes, seeded, 1/2-inch dice: 1/2 pound
Balsamic vinegar: 1 tablespoon
Arugula, washed and chiffonade in thin julienne: 1/4 cup
Fresh ricotta cheese or soft goat cheese: 1 cup
Olive tapenade: 1/4 cup
Fresh basil, chiffonade in thin julienne: 1 tablespoons
Salt and cracked black pepper: To taste
Garnish (optional): 6 red and 6 yellow grape or teardrop tomatoes

Now that you have all that you need, it is time to cook this mouth-watering dish.


  • 1

    Preheat oven to at least 350F.

  • 2

    Wash the zucchini and cut it into 1 or ½ inch rounds and then scoop the centre of the pulp with a melon baller.

  • 3

    Place the hollowed side of the zucchini side down on a cookie sheet and brush it lightly with olive oil. Then, season it with pepper and salt. Bake this for at least 10 minutes in the oven until it is lightly softened. Then remove it from the oven and let it cool.

  • 4

    Take a small sauté pan, heat the olive oil with medium heat and add your tomatoes. Keep cooking until it is heated throughout.

  • 5

    Now it’s time to add balsamic vinegar. Simmer the vinegar for three minutes until the liquid has reduced. However, the tomatoes should hold out their shape.

  • 6

    Allow it all to cool and stir in the arugula before seasoning it with salt and pepper.

  • 7

    Now that you have done all the hard work, it’s time to make a good presentation of your zucchini provencal. Turn your cooled zucchini cups face up and place 1 teaspoon of tomato mixture in the bottoms.

  • 8

    Top the ricotta mixture with ¼ teaspoon of tapenade.

  • 9

    Before serving, make sure that the cups come up to room temperature.

  • 10

    Cut the red and yellow tomatoes in half and then line them up along the sides of a square serving platter.

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