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Gagutz


MAKES 2 SERVINGS

If you ever watched "The Sopranos," you would have heard Tony call someone a gagutz, which, loosely translated, means idiot. In culinary terms, it is traditionally a ratatouille soup.

My grandmother, who grew up in the Puglia region of Italy, would make this dish morning or night. Somehow, it was tweaked and changed in her family until it wasn't a soup at all -- more of a creamy, robust egg and vegetable dish.

Extra virgin olive oil

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

8 cherry tomatoes, quartered

4 small zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick

6 eggs

1/4 cup sharp Romano cheese

Salt and pepper

Lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil and place over medium heat. Add the onions and sweat them for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add tomatoes, turn the heat to high, and cook until the tomatoes start to break down, another 2 to 3 minutes. Add zucchini, lower the heat to medium, and cook until soft, another 7 to 10 minutes.

Beat the eggs with the cheese and a little salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook as you would scrambled eggs. Serve immediately with a crusty loaf of Italian bread.

Dan Smith, The Hearty Boys

Nutrition facts per serving: 404 calories, 25 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 645 mg cholesterol, 21 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 374 mg sodium, 6 g fiber

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