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Spaghetti With Zucchini And Yellow Squash

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This Spaghetti With Zucchini And Yellow Squash is a delicious summertime vegetarian dish. The extra flavor from the bruschetta topping adds beautiful color and pairs perfectly with the zucchini and yellow squash.

You’ll notice below I’ve made extra bruschetta topping, I’ll explain the reason, in my notes, in the post below. Adding shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the dish adds another layer of unforgettable flavor.

I garnish every dish with a large sprig of fresh basil giving you the choice to add torn fresh basil leaves through the pasta.

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Zucchini And Yellow Squash

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Olive Oil

Frezno Chili

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Ciabatta

Ciabatta (2)

Toasted Ciabatta Bread

Sweet Basil (2)

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Diced Mozzarella Cheese

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E.V.O.O.

Parmigiano-Reggiano-Cheese

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: veggie spiral machine, 1 (6-quart) stockpot, 1 (3-quart) saucepot, vegetable peeler, long-handled tongs, chef’s knife, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, large mixing bowl, medium-size mixing bowl

Ingredients:
4 zucchini, ends removed, cut in half and spiraled
4 yellow squash, ends removed, cut in half and spiraled
1 pound box of spaghetti
2/3 cup of good olive oil
6 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 Fresno chili, seeded and finely minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Large sprigs of fresh basil for garnish
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shavings for garnish
*E.V.O.O. for garnish

Ingredients For Bruschetta Topping:
16 Roma tomatoes, cut in half, seeded and finely diced
1 (16-ounce) package of Galbani mozzarella cheese, finely diced (low moisture, whole-milk variety)
1/2 cup of fresh basil, sliced chiffonade style
*E.V.O.O. for garnish
1 loaf of Tuscan garlic Ciabatta, toasted (yields 16 slices) OPTIONAL

Note: I’ve made extra bruschetta topping not only used as the garnish for this dish but to also serve on top of the toasted Tuscan garlic Ciabatta bread. I can’t get enough of that delicious basil, mozzarella, and tomato topping with a tiny little drizzle of really good *E.V.O.O.

Directions For Bruschetta Topping:
Slice the Roma tomatoes in half, spoon out the seeds, and finely dice. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Next, finely dice the mozzarella cheese and add to the diced tomatoes. Finely add the chiffonade style basil toss everything to combine. Set aside.

Directions For Spaghetti With Zucchini And Yellow Squash:
Start by spiraling the zucchini and yellow squash and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Next, prep the Fresno chili and garlic, set aside.

In a large stockpot of boiling salted water drop the spaghetti. Cook between 8 to 12 minutes or until al dente.

Note: As soon as the zucchini and yellow squash spaghetti start to wilt and soften slightly turn the heat off. You want them to keep their crunchiness and integrity. All you’re really doing is making sure they are well coated with the flavored oil.

In the meantime, in a saucepot over medium heat add the olive oil minced Fresno chili and garlic. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the spiraled zucchini, yellow squash, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Using your tongs, toss the spiraled zucchini and yellow squash with the oil, garlic, and minced chilies. Cook, continuously tossing, for 2 to 3 minutes allowing the vegetable spaghetti to begin to wilt and soften slightly as they become evenly coated with the flavored oil. Immediately turn the heat off.

Again using the long-handled tongs, transfer the cooked spaghetti to the saucepot. Toss to combine the vegetable spaghetti and pasta together. Continue to toss until the pasta is evenly distributed.

Ladle a good helping into a porcelain serving bowl and garnish with a large sprig of fresh basil. There you have it my Spaghetti With Zucchini And Yellow Squash.

Directions For Toasted Ciabatta Bread:
Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
Slice the Ciabatta bread at a 45-degree angle into 1/2 -inch thick slices. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the top surface of each slice of Ciabatta lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Place into the oven on the center rack. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bread is golden. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the toast cool slightly before adding the toppings.

*E.V.O.O. is the acronym for extra virgin olive oil.

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta

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Orecchiette from the Italian orecchia, meaning ‘ear’ and -etta, meaning ‘small’ is a pasta typical of Apulia, a region of Southern Italy. their names comes from their shape which resembles a small ear.

“My Lemon Ricotta Pasta can be done and on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for weeknights or to serve when entertaining. Quick and easy using a few simple ingredients. Let’s get started.

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Olive Oil

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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Starchy Pasta Cooking Liquid

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 1 (6-quart) saucepot, 1 (4-quart) sauce pot, hand-held juicer, Microplane, hand-held lemon zester, chef’s knife

Note: First, zest the lemons and use a lemon zester for the thin peels. Set aside.

Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) box of Orecchiette
2 cups of good ricotta cheese, double cream (substitute whole milk)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, freshly grated
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 to 1 cup of starchy pasta cooking liquid
4 lemons, 1 juiced, 3 zested, plus the fine curly peels of 1 lemon for garnish
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Pecorino-Romano cheese, freshly grated

Note: I’m only using 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt in the lemon ricotta cream sauce because Pecorino-Romano cheese is a bit saltier than let’s say Parmesan, and you don’t want the dish to be too salty, plus I added salt to the pasta water so the pasta is already good and seasoned.

Directions:
In a large saucepot of boiling salted water, drop the pasta. Give a good stir and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 12 minutes. After 8 minutes test for doneness. The pasta should be al dente.

In another saucepot over medium-low heat add olive oil, grated garlic, lemon juice, the zest of 1 lemon, and red pepper flakes, stir to combine. Cook until the garlic is fragrant 1 to 2 minutes. Add ricotta cheese and 1/2 a cup (add another 1/2 cup if needed to achieve a smooth creamy consistency) of the hot starchy pasta cooking liquid. Add Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley. Stir to combine.

Using a large slotted spoon, transfer pasta into the sauce. Add another 2 tablespoons of lemon zest, and the remaining Italian flat-leaf parsley. Stir to combine.

Ladle a good helping of the pasta into a porcelain serving bowl. Top with freshly grated Pecorino-Romano cheese. Garnish with a few thin ribbons of lemon peel and lemon slices. Serve immediately. There you have it my Lemon Ricotta Pasta.

 

 

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Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn

Seafood Pasta Salad

Remember my post on How To Cook And Open A Lobster? This dish is going to require quite a bit of sweet lobster meat for my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn.

Opening a lobster for some can be a little intimidating but I’ve made it as easy as possible in my post. If you’re able to get a hold of lobster meat already prepared, by all means, feel free to use it in this recipe.

This recipe is perfect for summer and uses my Lemon Vinaigrette which pairs perfectly with this salad. I’ve provided a link for my Lemon Vinaigrette at the bottom of this post.

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Mini Sweet Bell Peppers

Red Onion

Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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Cooked Lobster

Cooked Lobster

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Seafood Pasta Salad

 

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: indoor grill-pan, 1 (6-quart) saucepot, colander, bundt pan, chef’s knife, paring knife, large mixing bowl, Microplane, silicone brush

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of lobster meat, cooked and cooled, diced into bite-size pieces (1 (2-pound) lobster)
5 ears of sweet corn, grilled, kernels removed (approx.2 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup of Canola oil
1/2 pint of red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint of yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of edamame, shelled
1 pound (16 ounces) of corkscrew pasta, cooked drained and cooled completely
1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced
1 mini sweet red pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 lemon, zested
2 Hass avocados, pits and flesh removed, diced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup of Lemon Vinaigrette

Directions:
Start by cooking the lobster in advance. Instructions can be found on my link below for directions. Once the lobster is fully cooked, allow to cool, remove the lobster meat from the tail and claws, then chop into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

While the lobster is cooking, prep the mini sweet red pepper, onion, and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Halve the grape tomatoes add those to the bowl and the edamame.

Pour Canola oil into a small measuring cup. Using a silicone brush, brush each of the ears of corn with Canola oil. On a preheated indoor grill pan over medium heat, place the arrange the ears of corn on the grill. Allow the corn to cook for 3 minutes on each side until slightly brown. You’ll notice the corn will start to produce beautiful charred marks which adds a smokey flavor without a lot of effort. The total process should take about 9 minutes.

Using a bundt pan, stand the one ear of corn of the center, as seen above, and remove the kernels. Repeat the process until all the kernels have been removed from each ear of corn. Discard the cobs. Add to the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

In the meantime, have a large saucepot of boiling salted water on the stove. Drop the pasta and give it a good stir. Cook between 8 to 12 minutes. Taste the pasta after 8 minutes of cooking to be safe. You’re looking for the pasta to be al dente. Once al dente, drain into a colander, run under cold water until the pasta has cooled completely and does not clump together.

Add the grilled corn kernels, chilled lobster, lemon zest, and pasta to the mixing bowl containing the other ingredients. Stir to combine. Finally, add the diced avocado, gently stir to combine, not to smash the diced avocado. You want it to keep its integrity.

Start by adding 1/2 a cup of my Lemon Vinaigrette (add more if needed) to the bowl. Using a large rubber spatula, fold in the dressing coating all the ingredients with this super flavorful dressing.

Ladle a good helping of my Pasta Salad With Lobster And Grilled Corn into a porcelain serving bowl. Serve immediately.

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