Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fresh Zucchini Tomato Herb Pasta

As what happens often these days, this recipe started with one ingredient and a Tastespotting search. My starting ingredient was Pappardelle pasta, and I looked for anything with fresh tomatoes – after all I ended up with a mini crop of heirloom tomatoes in the garden upon my return from Florida last week! It took a bit of time to chop all the fresh herbs and prep everything, but it all went quickly once I started. The result was delicious! Recipe originally from
Fresh Zucchini Tomato Herb Pasta
serves 4
  • 1 1/2 lb heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 bag pappardelle dried pasta
  • 1 1/2 TB extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used rosemary, thyme, oregano and italian parsley)
  • 1 cup italian basil leaves, chopped/shredded
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • ricotta cheese (about 2 TB/plate)
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place tomatoes in pan for about 30 seconds, remove with slotted spoon. Allow to cool. Remove skin and chop. Set aside.
  2. Trim ends of zucchini. Use a vegetable peeler and shave zucchini vertically until the seeded core appears – discard core. Set shaved zucchini ribbons aside.
  3. Cook pappardelle pasta until al dente. Drain with cold water. Toss with 1/2 TB olive oil and zucchini shavings. Set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm 1 TB olive oil. Add onions and green bell pepper. Saute until onion is translucent. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, stir for 30 seconds – do not let garlic brown or burn.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and their juice, red wine and 1 cup of fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce to a low simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add in the basil and turn heat off.
  6. Place zucchini/pasta combo on plates/in bowls. Spoon tomato sauce on top. Place ricotta cheese on top of each.

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