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Zucchini Absorption Pasta

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Description

Zucchini Absorption Pasta: a yummy, no boil method for making yummy pasta.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 4 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pound Penne Pasta
  • 6 cups Chicken Stock
  • 4 whole Small Zucchini, Cut Into Thin Sticks
  • 2 teaspoons Salt And Pepper, Or To Taste
  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan

Preparation

Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan. Set aside. Heat the oil in a very large pan or Dutch oven. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add the pasta and stir continuously for 2 minutes. Add just enough stock to cover the pasta and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Five minutes into the cooking, add the zucchini, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Taste the pasta; if it isn’t quite done and all the liquids have been absorbed, add a little more stock or water, cover, and cook for a few more minutes before tasting again. Adjust the seasoning. Toss pasta with the pine nuts and parmesan.

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Aims on 9.12.2010

Thanks so much for the quick reply! I am making this right now and will let you know how it turns out. :)

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The Culinary Passport on 9.12.2010

Hi Aims: you’re definitely going to want to use dried pasta for this dish. After adding the stock, make sure to bring it to a boil, then cover it, reduce the heat, and make sure it remains simmering. The pasta should cook in 15 minutes or so.

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Aims on 9.12.2010

Am I supposed to use dried pasta or fresh pasta for this recipe?

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cindymoo on 8.15.2010

What a yummy pasta! Such a mild flavor and we have leftovers for tomorrow which is a good thing!

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Marie @ My Culinary Calling on 8.11.2010

I made this for dinner last night and it was SOO GOOD and was SO easy! I will def be making this again!!

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kauai17 on 4.5.2011

This was fantastic and so easy to make! The pasta cooked perfectly al dente. It was a light dish, but very filling. Loved the toasted pine nuts. I’ll definitely make this again.

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mowsquaz on 1.25.2011

I just made this tonight, and it was delicious! Very easy, too, which is a plus for me.

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marylinb618 on 9.7.2010

A good, simple dish, but pasta took about 40 minutes to cook so zucchini was pretty well destroyed. Still tasted good.

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eilathen on 8.27.2010

So yum!

My husband, who sneered at the idea of zucchini in pasta, had seconds and thirds! Even our baby girl gobbled it up! :)

Definitely something I’m adding to our recipe rotation. Thanks for sharing!

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cherrymerry on 8.15.2010

delicious! b/c the pasta cooks in the chicken broth, it has a lot of flavor!! i wasn’t sure if the olive oil was for 4 tsp or 4 tbs (blog post states 4tbs)…i used more rather than less. the only other change i made was to use chopped walnuts rather than pine nuts since that’s what i had on hand. i couldn’t stop eating it!

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