My nana and grandpa spoke imperfect Italian, and even worse Sicilian. They used a lot of slang for a lot of words. One of those, being “googoots,” (or “googauts”) for Cucuzza, …for zucchini. Cucuzza is a specific type of squash… (well, technically it’s a gourd,) which I’ve never had (unfortunately) and we always used it to mean zucchini, so, there ya go. It’s also used to insult people but we don’t have to do that now, do we?
I’ve been spoiled my whole life with fresh vegetables out of the garden. My grandparents could grow anything, and they did. Every time we left their house, we left with a bag of tomatoes, or a handful of green beans. My parents are the same way, they can grow anything. One year, my dad planted zucchini, and that was the summer my mom made my dad promise he’d never plant that much zucchini again. It was zucchini overload!
My ma would make a giant batch of this, and we’d eat it all week. It’s affordable, healthy, and hey, whatdoyaknow, it’s vegetarian! (Vegan even, if you leave out the cheese.) There’s nothing better than taking a big piece of warm, crusty Italian bread, and sopping up the sauce. So make sure you have a loaf, or two, or three, when serving this. Not filling enough? Ok, serve it over pasta. Ha! BRILLIANT! And the leftovers are awesome, it keeps for about four days, covered in the fridge.