The hottest day of the year so far

IMG_3799

We’re still easing into the week given that Rory is still on the mend after his horrid weekend cold, O is away again on business and it was the hottest day of the year so far. After music class we headed to the park to meet with Randi and Marlowe and Christine, Gracie and Mason. It was good to catch up. We enjoyed a ‘green’ soup for lunch (lots of broccoli and green beans with potato) before Rory refused to have a nap – boo. Instead we decided to have yummy watermelon and headed back out into the heat for a gentle afternoon at the park. We caught up with Caroline and  Roxanne and Lucy and Teddy before heading home. Since it was so warm I was craving a little summer, easy Italian dish so cooked my trusty favorite summer linguine from Supernatural Everyday. Yummy.

  • 2 medium-large zucchini or yellow summer squash, coarsely grated
  • Fine-grain sea salt
  • 4 ounces whole wheat linguine or other thin pasta
  • 4 ounces durum wheat linguine or other thin pasta
  • 2 Tbls extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbls unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Put the zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with a few generous pinches of salt, and let sit over a bowl or in the sink for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the pasta in separate pots or sequentially. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt generously, add the linguine, and cook according to the package directions, or until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving a little cooking water.

Just before you are ready to eat, heat the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper in a large skillet over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant and the garlic just begins to brown. Squeeze the zucchini between your hands, over the sink, to eliminate any excess liquid and add to the skillet. Cook until tender, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes.

Add the pasta to the pan and add a little cooking water if the zucchini mixture seems on the dry side. Toss to distribute the zucchini throughout the pasta. Add the butter and cheese and toss again.

Season with salt and black pepper and divide among bowls. Top with more cheese if you like.

Serves 2 -4

IMG_3791

 

IMG_3795

 

IMG_3797

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s