Friday, October 15, 2010

Linguine with Fried Zucchini and Ricotta

2 lbs small zucchini
1/2 cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 lb linguine
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
1 – Scrub zucchini and blot dry with paper towel. Trim both ends and cut into 2-inch lenghts. Slice again lengthwise into 1/2-inch widths. Layer zucchini slices on a platter with paper towels between layers to absorb moisture.
2 – In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until haze forms. Add garlic and saute, stirring constantly, until very lightly golden. With a spoon, remove garlic and reserve. Fry zucchini in two or three batches until golden on both sides. Transfer to a platter lined with paper towel. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat and let oil cool a little; return garlic to pan. Set aside.
3 – Cook pasta in 6 quarts boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt until al dente. Drain pasta in colander and transfer to a bowl; very quickly toss with oil-garlic mixture. Toss pasta again with half of the fried zucchini and romano cheese. Place individual servings of pasta in bowls and place 3 or 4 slices of fried zucchini on top of each. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of ricotta on top of zucchini. Serve with remaining ricotta and additional grated Romano cheese.


  1. Stopping by to Wish You a Happy New Year! Looking forward to your delicious recipes in 2011 :)