I've started using my bread knife to cut tomatoes--don't tell Susan! I've contaminated the bread knife! I find it makes for easier slicing, especially when the tomatoes are really ripe! There are two cloves of garlic under there too-you can just see them peeking out from under the tomatoes.
First you sautee the zucchini and onion.
Then everything heads into the big pot for a nice simmer.