• Alessandra DeNardo

Spaghetti with Zucchini-Cream Sauce

Although it says cream in the name, this dish has no actual cream in it. The creaminess comes from blending the cooked zucchini until its a paste, and mixing with pasta water. I made 1/2 pound of pasta for 2 people, but the "recipe" below should work for 3/4 servings. Again, I didn't exactly measure but I do my best to estimate.




Needs

  • 1 lb of spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or tagliatelle

  • 3-4 zucchini, chopped in cubes

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 3-4 roma tomatoes, chopped in cubes

  • 5-6 basil leaves, chopped

  • Ricotta cheese, to garnish

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt/Red pepper

  • For Shrimp: 12-16 small shrimp. Butter, garlic powder, black pepper, pesto sauce (canned is fine)



Directions

  1. Chop your tomatoes and zucchini and set aside in two separate bowls. Season with salt and red/black pepper.

  2. Slice garlic and basil, set aside.

  3. Cook shrimp to taste. I heated butter at medium-high, added shrimp, and cooked for 3 min per side. Halfway through I added 2 TBSP of pesto and mixed around. Set aside. When pasta is almost ready, remember to re-heat.

  4. Boil large pot of salted water for pasta.

  5. Heat 3 TBSP olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add zucchini.

  6. Let zucchini cook until translucent (about 10 min). Halfway in, add sliced garlic. Season with more salt/pepper to taste.

  7. Turn off heat and add about 3/4 of chopped zucchini mixture to a blender or food processor (beware: if hot, the lid will explode off). Blend until very smooth.

  8. Add tomatoes and zucchini-paste back to saute pan. Heat pan to low.

  9. Add spaghetti to water and cook about 7 min.

  10. At about minute 5, add 1 C pasta water to zucchini-tomato mixture. Stir into a sauce.

  11. When spaghetti is done, add to saute pan and mix all together.

  12. Add shrimp and serve.

  13. Garnish with a few small dollops of ricotta cheese, good OLIVE OIL (important!), basil, and red pepper. While you eat, mix the ricotta into the pasta.



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