Oh how I love zucchini! I had 2 of them staring at me that I had bought at the last farmers market. I was trying to think of something different and creative. I've been in a blending mood, so I said, hey, what if I blend it into a cream and toss it in pasta! And voila! Here is what it made:
What you'll need:
a pad of butter
10 oz. of ricotta cheese (yes, make your own here)
2 tbsp. of cream (only if needed)
a handful of parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 lb. pasta (I like papadelle here, but fettuchini is great too!)
What you'll do:
While you are waiting for your pot of water to boil for the pasta. Shred the zucchini using a box grater. Saute in a pan for about 1 minute. You only want to barely soften the zucchini. Transfer to a food processor or blender. Add the ricotta cheese and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is where you may have to add a little cream or milk if it needs thinning, but I don't usually have to.
Cook and drain the pasta. Put it back in the pot off of the heat. Add the zucchini cream and toss. And in a handful (or two) of the parmesan cheese and toss again.
So simple and so tasty! I served mine with some diced tomatoes on top for pretty color : )