Calabacitas Con Queso

Calabacitas Con Queso
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Calabacitas Con Queso

Michael Harlan Turkell

Calabacitas Con Queso

This simple side dish of zucchini cooked with garlic, tomato, and scallion, topped with queso blanco cheese, is a delicious accompaniment to just about any Mexican-inspired meal. I put my own spin on it with a zippy Cilantro-Cotija Pesto.

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4
Servings
429
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • clove garlic, chopped very finely
  • 1  Pound  zucchini, cut into large dice
  • large tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
  • scallion, sliced thinly
  • 1  Tablespoon  Cilantro-Cotija Pesto
  • 1/2  Cup  crumbled queso blanco, preferably Cacique
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Put the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Once the garlic begins to sizzle, cook, stirring for 1 minute so the oil gets some of that garlic flavor. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini has softened slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato and scallion and cook until the tomato begins to break down, about 5 minutes.

Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the Cilantro-Cotjia Pesto and queso blanco until the cheese starts to melt. Season with lime juice, salt, and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
30g
43%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
109mg
36%
Carbohydrate, by difference
1g
1%
Protein
37g
80%
Vitamin A, RAE
42µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
13µg
14%
Calcium, Ca
193mg
19%
Choline, total
123mg
29%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
37mg
12%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
364mg
52%
Selenium, Se
29µg
53%
Sodium, Na
281mg
19%
Water
79g
3%
Zinc, Zn
9mg
100%

Queso Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Queso Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.