April 01, 2015

zucchini and lemon spaghetti

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Appraisal day is here!!!  We will know tomorrow if we have a house to move into or not... let's hope for the sake of my three kids and German Shepard that we do!;)  Then... the packing can commence...

This pasta is perfect for summer with the zucchini and hint of lemon.  Grilled fish or chicken, sprinkled with Greek seasoning, would be a perfect compliment to this dish.  You can serve this pasta hot or cold, trust me... my leftovers were cold and were just as good and maybe even better!  Need a dish to take to a picnic and tired of the usual?  Use a smaller noodle (to make it more picnic friendly) like farfalle noodles and there you go!

Servings 4-6
Total Time 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound of pasta, preferably spaghetti (if you are making this gluten free, be sure to grab the appropriate pasta)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 medium zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise and then halved lengthwise
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (leave out for vegan/dairy free)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • course salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese, for garnish (leave out for vegan/dairy free)


INSTRUCTIONS
 
1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions, to al dente. Drain and return to the pot.  Toss with a bit of olive oil to keep from sticking and set aside.  

2.  Meanwhile in a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the olive oil.  When hot add the zucchini and cook for 4-5 minutes, before adding the garlic and herbs and mixing well.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes, to allow all the flavors to come together and the zucchini to cook a bit, but not become mushy.

3.  Add the zucchini herb mixture to the pot with the noodles, then mix in the cheese and lemon zest, and season with a little salt (you may not need much since the feta cheese is salty) and pepper.

4.  Top with parmesan and enjoy!!!

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