Zucchini Provolone Pasta. Summer bounty is in our fresh vegetables and fruits which are gracing our grocery stores and fresh farmers’ markets. Zucchini is one of our favorites as well as being one of the most versatile, in my opinion, vegetables.
And then there is cheese. A day without cheese for me is like a day without coffee or ice cream, or salad, you catch my drift. Smoked provolone is one of my favorites. Not easy to found thus when the market has some, it comes home with me.
Put to good use with this recipe, the provolone adds some extra depth to the pasta. As it melts it created a wonderful cream with envelops the pasta with lots of flavors.
As I was doing some search on how best to use my two favorite ingredients, zucchini, and provolone, I found many versions of the below recipe. This is my simplified version after a few trials. The great base flavor is ever so present, however, I made it easier to prepare and added my touch to it.
The best part: 6 ingredients – 15 minutes preparation. Love the simplicity and perfect for every work night dinner.
TIPS: I am suggesting the below tips to help you with successfully making this dish on your first try.
* I recommend using fettuccine or linguine as they are more adequate to absorb the sauce.
* Cook the pasta two (2) minutes under the packaging cooking time for “al dente”. Worry not, the pasta will continue cooking with the cheese and the zucchini.
* Remove the pasta with kitchen thongs so you will save as much as possible of the cooking water which you will need.
* Grate the cheese making sure there are no lumps. You want the cheese to melt uniformly and a lump will not melt that easily.
I am confident you and your family will love this super easy and delicious dish of Zucchini Provolone Pasta.
Zucchini Provolone Pasta
- 15 mins total
- 5 mins prep
- 10 mins cook
- serves 4 people
1 pound fettuccine pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 zucchini, cleaned and sliced in ¼ inch rounds
2 garlic cloves, peeled. and core removed
2 tablespoons grated parmesan. cheese
1½ cup smoked provolone cheese grated with no lumps
Salt and Pepper
Basil leaves (optional)
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil with the garlic and bring to warm hot but not smoking. Add the zucchinis and cook until golden turning them over often. Remove the garlic as soon as it turns golden and discard.
Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water and remove 2 minutes prior to al dente according to packaging cooking time. Add them to the large skillet with the zucchinis with the help of kitchen thongs.
Add all the cheese to the skillet. Add some water to slowly continue the cooking and melting the cheese. Continue stirring until all the cheese is melted and the pasta is ready. Add more cooking water as you go along to keep the pasta moist
Grind a couple of rounds of black pepper, salt if needed, and serve hot.
Optional: cut up pieces of basil and more provolone
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