Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zucchini Cream Pasta-Super Quick and Easy

Sometimes we want quick but never do we want to be short changed on flavor, and anytime I can get some extra vegetables into my family it is a good thing. We have this quick pasta dish frequently in the summer when zucchini is abundant and I do mean abundant, two plants can supply a large family and a small neighborhood.
Lots of garlic or just a hint it's up to you, but the tender zucchini amidst the rich cream sauce is a real winner! As a side note, I have used rice pasta and rice flour in this recipe as well as white all purpose and spelt.
Recipe:         Serves 4-6
8 oz. dry pasta (I use Dreamfield's Pasta, it is low carb)
2-3 small zucchini
4 cloves garlic, minced finely
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour or a pinch of xanthan gum
salt and pepper to taste
1/2-3/4 cup cream or half and half
Put the cream into a measuring cup or bowl and stir the flour into it.
Set aside.
Julienne the zucchini and set aside. For the beginners- slice,
 stack the slices
then cut the stack into match sticks.
Fill a large pot with water for the pasta, bring to boiling over high heat.
While water comes to boil, heat a medium to large skillet and add the olive oil and zucchini. Saute until tender crisp, not mush! About 5-7 minutes.
As soon as the water boils add pasta and turn down slightly so it won't boil over. Stir every couple minutes to keep from sticking together.
As soon as the zucchini is tender, add the garlic, salt and pepper, toss gently to combine.
 Pour the cream mixture into the zucchini, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes until thickened.
Turn down heat to keep warm.
When pasta is tender, drain in a colander.
Toss pasta with sauce in large pasta bowl to serve family style at the table or serve individually in bowls or plates.
This could be used as side dish or main dish or whatever you are in the mood for. Pairs well with chicken and/or salad.
Because there is real life happening here, the dog has to go out and my son needs help with his math assignment (right now;), we appreciate quick and easy meals. I hope you enjoy this one.

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