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Pasta – Zucchini Flower Blossoms

#Homemade #PastaAiFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - while pasta... Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta ai Fiori di Zucca
Pasta with Zucchini Flower Blossoms
by James Belardo

If you love zucchini as much as we do, then this recipe is for you! A stunningly beautiful seasonal pasta can be made by starting with a basic soffrito and adding  shredded zucchini and zucchini blossoms.

This is seasonal cooking at it’s finest because if you miss the window of opportunity, you miss it. Other recipes include stuffed blossoms with ricotta, Risotto (Risotto ai Fiori di Zucca), and pizza (as a topping)!

12-24 zucchini flower blossoms
1/2 green zucchini, shredded
1/2 yellow zucchini, shredded
2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on size of cloves)
1/2 cup diced vidalia onion
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Italian flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter  (optional)
Grated Parmesan Cheese (Pecorino Romano, Gran Padano or Piave also work well)
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) (optional)

Pasta (suggested) 1/2 package or 250g (1/2 lb)
Fusilli or Rotini

Suggested Toppings and Garnish
Grated Pecorino Romano, Parmesan Cheese (Gran Padano or Piave work well too)
A sprig or two of Parsley

1. Cook pasta al dente; when adding the  pasta to boiling water (salted) you can begin making the sauce.

2. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add onion and minced garlic and slowly cook until the onions show signs of transparency (be careful not to burn the garlic, it will turn bitter).
#Homemade #PastaAiFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - while pasta... Sauté onions and garlic

3. before the garlic browns, add butter (optional) and let melt and then add the shredded zucchini and cook for a few moments.
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4. When the pasta is almost ready, take one or two good ladles of the pasta water and add to the sauce, let come to a boil. The pasta water will help the sauce adhere to the pasta better.
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5. When sauce is simmering toss in the zucchini flower blossoms.
#Homemade #PastaAiFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - while pasta... Add the blossoms

6. Fold the pasta together with the sauce and some freshly chopped flat-leafed parsley
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7.  Drizzle with olive oil, chopped parsley and salt and pepper (to taste) and mix well.
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You can also add fresh ricotta along with the grated cheese!
#Homemade #PastaAiFioriDiZucca #CucinaDelloZio - while pasta... Top w/ Ricotta and grated cheese


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Written by Zio James

August 31, 2015 at 4:43 PM

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