Zucchini Pappardelle

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Zucchini Pappardelle

Recipe adapted from "Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans" by Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand and Heather McPherson (University Press of Florida)

Yield: 2 servings

Cook Time: 20 minutes


½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra for cooking pasta

6 ounces dried or fresh pappardelle

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium zucchini, shaved with a vegetable peeler into long, thin ribbons

½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

Freshly grated or shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving



1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pappardelle according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain, turn out into a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

2. In a large skillet set over medium heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil along with the garlic, red pepper flakes and lemon zest. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and zucchini ribbons and cook until warm, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta, lemon juice, basil and remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and season with ground black pepper. Divide between 2 bowls, sprinkle with some Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve.

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