7.28.2014

Linguini Pasta with Zucchini, Onions and Capers

Fresh chopped zucchini, onions and capers are sautéed and caramelized until they are soft and tender, then gently tossed with linguini pasta and served with extra zucchini on top.  Makes a light summer dish to serve anytime, and a great way to use us some of that zucchini this season.  
 
We love this dish!  Because it's so simple, easy to make and so delicious, it will get your entire family to eating more zucchini.  We promise!
We grew up eating pasta almost everyday.  We thought our Mom enjoyed creating various pasta dishes just to get us kids to eat our veggies! But, we found out these dishes or recipes actually do in fact exit.

Linguini pasta with zucchini takes about 20 minutes to make. Perfect to serve as the first course.  We recommend to add some grated Pecorino-Romano cheese on top when serving.  Pecorino adds more flavor to this pasta dish since the zucchini are on the sweeter side in flavor, making it more tasty for everyone to enjoy.  
 
 
Linguini Pasta with Zucchini
  • 1 lb. of Linguini Pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves -thinly sliced
  • 2 yellow onions - diced
  • 4 (7 inches) fresh zucchini, chopped about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese - grated

On high heat, bring a large pot filled with water to boil. Add some salt to the water.
In a large non stick skillet, on low- medium heat, add the olive oil, diced onions and garlic.  Sauté for a few minutes until the onions have softened, about 3 minutes.
Add salt, capers, crushed red pepper and chopped zucchini.

Simmer on low heat, and stir occasionally until zucchini is softened, about 5 minutes.
In the meantime, add the linguine to the boiling water and follow the directions on the package, or until al dente.  Reserve 1/4 cup of boiling water.
Drain the pasta in a colander. 
Place the pasta back into the pot. Add the reserved 1/4 cup of water, and two-thirds of the zucchini mixture. Turn on the heat again. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes on low heat, until its well combined. Turn off the heat.

Serve linguini pasta into individual dishes. Sprinkle some grated pecorino cheese on top. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6

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6 comments:

  1. This is a really lovely pasta dish for summer -- I love the addition of the capers - nice touch!
    Mary

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  2. zucchini goes so well with just about anything and this pasta is no exception. I love the idea and perfect with the salty calpers!

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  3. Do you rinse your capers before adding? Just curious :) I have zucchini and need more recipes like this! Thanks!

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    1. I like to rinse my capers while my husband doesn't - go figure! But for me, capers tend to be too salty and that's the reason I like to rinse them before I add them.

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  4. i love the capers with the red pepper flakes and the cheese. It looks delicious. I rather a sauce/flavor like this with my pasta than a heavy tomato based.

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  5. Perfect recipe for this time of year with my zucchini plants just starting to produce! Love the caper addition too!

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