A creamy, easy and quick first course. Here's how to prepare pasta with zucchini cream and how to combine it to the fullest
There zucchini cream it is a condiment delicate is wraparound for pasta, whatever its format: spaghetti, trofie, orecchiette is pens they are all suited to the flavor and creamy consistency of this recipe, which can be enriched in many different ways.
How to prepare zucchini cream
Used a medium zucchini each: wash them well and cut them into cubes. Sauté in a pan with a little extra virgin olive oil clove of garlic or of the onion, based on your preference; add the courgettes, add salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and remove any garlic clove.
Put the pasta to cook, transfer the zucchini into a container and add a few tablespoons of cooking water of pasta: at this point whisk with an immersion mixer, until you have obtained a homogeneous mixture. When the pasta is cooked, make it stir-fry with the cream of zucchini, to mix it perfectly with the sauce. If the cream is too dry, add a few more tablespoons of cooking water.
In alternative, instead of frying them in a pan, you can boil the zucchini in boiling water for 5 minutes and then blend them with a little oil, salt and pepper.
Pasta with zucchini cream: how to enrich it
The basic recipe can be enriched in many different ways. First of all, to the preparation of the zucchini cream can be added parmesan or del pecorino cheese grated to flavor further, but also a creamy cheese, like it stracchino, the robiola or the ricotta cheese. You can perfume the cream with herbs to taste, like the mint or the basil.
A pasta with a very creamy dressing is an excellent idea, but add a crunchy ingredient could make it even better! First of all, you can use the zucchini itself, keeping a few cubes aside, frying them in a pan for a few minutes, so that they remain crisp, and adding them to complete the dish.
You can combine other elements, for example with toasted breadcrumbs with aromas and grated Parmesan, or bacon or del speck, to be sautéed in a pan until they are crispy. In both cases, add them directly to the dish only at the last moment, to ensure consistency.
Another quick idea? Add some dried fruit, like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts or cashews. Toast them a few minutes to intensify the aroma and sprinkle them on the finished pasta dish (you can also whisk them a bit with the courgettes to enrich the cream).
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