Perry Perkins is another friend I met at IFBC in Seattle. See, there is a lot of value in attending food conferences! A dynamic, fun-loving, and extremely talented chef, Perry always brightens my day. Today he is sharing one of his favorite recipes, perfect for the upcoming months when our gardens are overflowing with zucchini. And this delicious dish can be made any time of the year, making it extremely versatile.
Perry and I share a passion for helping busy families get back to the dinner table. We both love sharing delicious, nutritious meals and with the help of Chef Perry and his site, Simply Smart Dinner Plans, you will find assistance with research, planning, and all the other tasks necessary to pull together amazing meals for you and your families
Thank you Chef Perry!
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I love zucchini!
Raw in salads or with dip, sautéed in butter or pan juices, baked in bread…just about any way you cook it, I’ll come back for seconds!
This was my first experience in shredding and saucing zucchini, and it was a BIG winner, adding a fresh, green, garden aroma and flavor to this simple sauce.
Oh, and if you get a heap of zucchini from an overzealous farming friend this year, shred some and freeze it in individual baggies for use in sauces like this.
The effect that freezing had on the crispness won’t matter a stitch in a recipe like this one!
Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Sauce
From Chef Perry, Simply Smart Dinner Plans
Yield: 4 servings
2 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta
2 cloves garlic
2 medium zucchini
1 medium shallot or small yellow onion
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Better Than Bouillon chicken base
1 tsp ground black pepper
Cook pasta in salted water, according to package instructions. Prepare zucchini sauce while pasta cooks.
Peel and mince garlic; dice the shallot (or onion).
Rinse and grate zucchini.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and minced garlic, with a dash of salt, and sauté until the onion are translucent. Add zucchini, and cook until mixture softens and zucchini yields some liquid, about 5 minutes.
Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Place reserved pasta water in a bowl and mix in chicken base (with the pasta water) to create broth.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the broth at a time to zucchini mixture. Add drained pasta. Stir, coating pasta evenly with sauce. Add more broth as needed (I used the whole 1/2 cup).
Transfer pasta to large bowl for serving. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
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