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Friday, May 1, 2009

A little Penne with some Zukes

All little zucchini didn't hurt any pasta. So they've become good friends. Simple, easy to make and delish for a last minute dinner idea.

This with a little homemade garlic bread. yum-o!

Penne Pasta with Zucchini

2 medium sized Zucchini (peeled and sliced into coins or half-moons)
3 roma tomatoes (diced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 Tbps dry Thyme
1 Tbsp dry parsley
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2/3 of a box of penne rigate
manchego cheese
salt and pepper to taste.

Making pasta: Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil on medium to high heat. When the water is nearly bubbling like crazy, sprinkle liberally with salt and add in pasta. It will cook in about 12 min then drain.

Heat a large sauce pan and coat the bottom with olive oil. When the oil is hot, saute the garlic for 30 sec then add the roma tomatoes, zucchini, thyme and parsley. Season with some salt and pepper. Cooking until the zucchini is tender. Stir occasionally. Drizzle in more olive oil and add in the pasta and combine well.

Put a nice helping in a plate and top with some freshly shredded manchego cheese.


Christo Gonzales said...

oh no - you said yum- o

chow and chatter said...

lovely and simple love the word for zucchini - zukes in the UK we actually call it courgette, its amazing how everyone calls things around the globe love it

Jen @ said...

Looks delicious. I just picked up some zucchini at the farmers market today and didn't have any plans for it. Now I do!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Wow-zucchini and pasta!!Lovely.
Just the other day I read a recipe for raw pad thai,where the noodles were made of zucchini :)

Kelly said...

The manchego cheese caught my attention! What a lovely change from parm. It looks crazy tasty!

Anonymous said...

Manchego Cheese Alert:

That stuff is awesome!

Thanks for sharing,


The Duo Dishes said...

Yes to the manchego! It's one of the fave cheeses.

Diana said...

I love the addition of manchego cheese here -- it's one of my favorites!

Jenn said...

doggy: Don't worry you won't benhearing that form he again.

chow and chatter: courgette...that's funny. Ya, so many different words for one item.

Jen: Pasta to the rescue

Sweta: Noodles made of Zucchini? I love to try that.

Kelly: i love manchego!

Eric: yes, it is!

Duo dishes, Diana: Manchego def one of my favs.

Heather S-G said...

Oh yeah! Sounds delicious...mmmmmm, manchego!

Anonymous said...

Yummy pasta with manchego and zucchini!

Reeni said...

This looks awesome delicious! I wish it was my dinner!

Jenn said...

girlichef: it is!

5 star foodie: I haven't really eaten manchego with pasta until this.

Reeni: Why notmake it for dinner? =)

Joie de vivre said...

I'm always looking for zucchini ideas to help with the summer glut. Thanks for the idea!

Jenn said...

Joie: Zucchinis are perfect for summer.

Dewi said...

Oh I love Manchego, though I never really add this to my pasta, BUT I will try, I am sure it tastes delicious.

Jenn said...

Elra: It's a nice change from the usual parmesan.

alice said...

Never heard of manchego cheese.. I feel so out of place here. I love this recipe though ( I love all your recipes) because its so simple. Just back to basics.

Jenn said...

Alice: No need to feel out of place. I was completely oblivious to Manchego cheese was until fairly recent. I was in the same boat as you. The wonderful thing about food is that you can learn so many new things. It's a never ending buffet as I like to call it. :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear jenn!
Great idea. Vegetarians will be happy.
But do you really need to peel the zucchinis?
Looking forward to reading your answer!
All the best!

Jenn said...

Robert-Gilles: It was just my preference at the time not to have the skins on them. But you don't have to peel them.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jenn!
I'm trying to solve the Blogspot comment Box trouble.
What is the name of the Comment Box you use?
Looking forward to reading your reply (on my blog would be fine)!

Ozge said...

Jenn! This is easy to make, but more delicious than that. Garlic is a great addition... Oh so good. You feature the kind of food that'd make me drool! How do you do that ;)

Anonymous said...

I really do enjoy your recipes. I love how sweet and simple it is, yet so fresh and full of flavor! Your blog is definitely a great source of inspiration.

lisaiscooking said...

Great twist with the manchego! Sounds delicious.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks really tasty! It's a great way to add more vegetables.

Jenn said...

R-G: Wrote my reply on you blog =) I use the "full page" option for comments.

Ozge: Thanks. The type of food. I post here are the one I like to eat or try out. Don't want to make things to complicated. I'm all about simple.

burpandslurp: Thank you very much. I'm flattered. =)

lisaiscooking: Since discovering manchego, I can't get enough of it.

Fearless Kitchen: Yes, it is.

Anonymous said...

I always love quick and easy - delicious goes without saying ideas for dinner. Looks fantastic

Tangled Noodle said...

This is a great pasta dish - fresh and flavorful! Last year, I was up to my neck in zucchini from the garden so I have plenty still frozen and ready to use.

Jenn said...

Oyster Culture: Quick and easy is sometimes the best way to go especially in today's society.

Tangled Noodle: There you go. You get to use them now. =)

Daily Spud said...

+1 vote for the manchego cheese - I absolutely love that stuff!

Jenn said...

Daily Spud: I gotta use Manchego more often.

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