Pasta dishes

Farfalle con zucchine

So spring is officially upon us (in Italy anyway). I love it when the seasons change here because all of the food changes too! 

 Unfortunately in Britain, farmer’s markets and seasonable fruit and veg have all but been forgotten. When I go back to England it always takes me a week or so to get used to the amount of food available and I never know what to cook.

It’s perfectly normal to walk into a supermarket and see strawberries in winter or squash in summer and although it’s nice to have the option, it all just feels a bit off to me.

Whereas here in Italy, the local market is the place to be on a Saturday morning and if you don’t mind the odd elbow to the ribs from a hurried nonna, it’s well worth it! A punnet of tomatoes in a supermarket will cost you €2/3 here whereas a kilo of toms from the market will set you back a whole EURO!!

This was my shopping hoard for this week…

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All in all I got 8kg of food for €5!!

So after I got back from the market I took my seasonal veg (and my bruised ribs) into the kitchen and decided to make a lovely spring dish! 

It only takes 15 minutes and 5 ingredients to whip up this zingy little mouthful and it’s veggie and vegan friendly too! So take a look below and try it yourself =)

Ingredients (serves 2):

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250g farfalle pasta, 2 zucchine, half a garlic clove, handful of parsley and black pepper

Recipe: 

  1. Finely chop the garlic and add it to a frying pan on a medium heat with a splash of olive oil.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and pour the pasta in – boil for 8-10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, wash and grate the zucchine and add to the frying pan.
  4. Stir the zucchine and garlic together and add a little water to stop it from burning, simmer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. Check that the pasta is al dente and when it’s ready drain into a colander. Save a cup of the pasta water while draining.
  6. Add the pasta to the zucchine and garlic and stir through, then add the parsely.
  7. Add  half a cup of the water to create a sauce and continue to stir for a few minutes.
  8. Sprinkle a good helping of pepper over the top and once the zucchine clings to the pastaand it looks shiny it’s done.

 

And there you have it!! Farfalle con zucchine!!

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Work that hob and Walk unafraid people!!

-H   Xx

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