Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Chef Chuck's Pasta with Zucchini Cream Sauce
Pasta e Salsa di Panna Zucchini
A pasta dish made with creamy zucchini and onion sauce, crunchy pancetta and salty parmigiana cheese. A light and flavorful sauce was created with all these flavors combined. Any pasta would compliment this recipe and pancetta can be omitted to make this a vegetarian dish.
Pasta with Zucchini Cream Sauce
1/2 pound Rotini
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 small zucchini, sliced
about 1 cup
2 whole garlic cloves
2 slices pancetta
1/2 cup parmigiana cheese, grated
Start boiling water for the pasta. Wash and slice zucchini leaving skin on. In a large frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook onions for 3 minutes. Add whole garlic cloves and zucchini, cook an additional 3-4 minutes, add a ladle or two of pasta water. In a small pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and brown pancetta. When zucchini is soft, add to a food processor discard garlic and pulse till creamy. Add zucchini back into pan along with pancetta, omit oil. Add al dente pasta and about 3 more ladles of pasta water. Simmer for 2 or 3 minutes, sprinkle on cheese. Serves 2.