Hey guys! I feel out of touch after my busy, blog-free yesterday! But I wanted to quickly check-in and say: YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE!! Hands down, this was the best dinner I’ve made in a LONG time! The onion and zucchini were such wonderful flavors, even for those who aren’t veggies lovers — confirmed by Mr. Prevention. This was simply a wonderful meal that came together in 30 minutes or less. Plus, vidalia onions and zucchini are in season NOW…so don’t delay, you’ll regret it! Mmmmm!
Penne with Zucchini Pistou slightly adapted from Cooking Light
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices small zucchini (about 3/4 pound)
1 cup packed basil leaves
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups onion, chopped (about 1 large)
1 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
8 oz uncooked (whole wheat) penne pasta
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini to pan; saute 5 minutes or until tender and golden. Remove from pan; cool.
Place 1/4 cup cooked zucchini, basil, 1/4 cup cheese, pine nuts, salt, and garlic in a food processor; process until finely chopped. (Keep mixture in processor.)
Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; saute 10 minutes or until golden. Return remaining cooked zucchini to pan. Remove from heat.
Combine 6 quarts water and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a large Dutch oven, and bring to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain in a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid. Add pasta to vegetables.
With processor on, add reserved liquid to basil mixture; process until smooth. Add basil mixture to pasta. Add cream, remaining salt, and pepper; stir. Top with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 servings, approx. 1 1/2 cups pasta with 1 Tbsp cheese.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 420 calories; 17.2 g. fat (6.1 g. saturated, 6.6 g. monounsaturated, 2.6 g. polyunsaturated), 29 mg. cholesterol; 575 mg. sodium; 52.9 g. carbohydrate; 8.4 g. fiber; 13.9 g. protein
Question: What SHAPE noodle do you usually prefer?
I can’t decide between linguine and penne!