Zucchini is another one of my favorite summer vegetables. It always taste so fresh and light, and really brightens up a meal. I usually just saute zucchini and summer squash or grill it, so I was in search of a recipe that actually incorporated zucchini into the main meal versus it just being a side. Sunset magazine had this delicious sounding recipe for Zucchini Fusilli.
- 4 medium sized zucchini
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 tbsp. salt, divided
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 box fusilli
- 1 cup fresh finely shredded Parmesan cheese (about 2 oz.), divided
Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. When boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente. When finished cooking, drain and add to a large bowl. Set aside.
While the pasta cooks, trim and discard ends of the zucchini. Cut each zucchini into 3-4 inch pieces. Cut each length into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick matchsticks and set aside.
In a large saute pan, toast the pine nuts over medium heat until golden (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
Using the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Add half of the zucchini and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook over high heat.
Transfer to a plate, leaving as much of the butter and oil in the pan as possible (I used tongs. You can also use a slotted spoon). Repeat with remaining zucchini and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and minced garlic to the saute pan. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the zucchini and pine nuts. Stir until well combined.
To the bowl of pasta, stir in the 1/2 cup pesto.
Add zucchini mixture and 1/2 Parmesan to the pasta mixture, tossing to combine.
Divide among 6 bowls. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and serve immediately.
This was a hit. My boyfriend isn’t the biggest fan of zucchini, yet he really liked the dish.
The fusilli catches all the cheese, garlic, pesto and butter. Be sure to cut the zucchini so that it is bite sized!