Pasta with Zucchini and Mint

Pasta with Zucchini and Mint

Welcome fresh mint to the dinner table and you'll be amazed how well it pairs with savory pancetta and grated Parmesan in this easy pasta dish. Dovetailing Tip: Use the zucchini chunks that you cut on day 2 in todays pasta.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 374

kosher salt
12 ounces medium pasta shells
1 thick slice day-old country bread, torn into pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
freshly ground pepper
4 ounces pancetta, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Reserve about 1 1/4 cups cooking water, then drain.

Meanwhile, pulse the bread in a food processor to make coarse crumbs. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the breadcrumbs and toss until toasted, 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon mint, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Wipe out the skillet and return to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the pancetta. Cook until the pancetta is crisp around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add the red onion and cook until it starts softening, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high, add the zucchini and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of the reserved cooking water and cook until the zucchini is tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the pasta to the skillet. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on top and toss, adding the remaining cooking water as needed to loosen. Remove the skillet from the heat; add the cheese and the remaining 1 tablespoon mint and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Top with the seasoned breadcrumbs.


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