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Perciatelli with Zucchini and Bread Crumbs

Serves 4 to 6

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound perciatelli pasta
2 cups fresh Italian bread cubes
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound baby zucchini, trimmed and very thinly sliced crosswise
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.Add pasta, and cook according to the package directions.

2. Add bread to a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form.Remove, and set aside. In a large heatproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in bread crumbs, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven, and bake until golden brown.

3. In another large skillet, heat remaining 1/3 cup oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, and butter. Cook until just beginning to turn golden brown.

4. Drain pasta, and transfer to a large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and cheese; toss to combine. Using a slotted spoon, transfer zucchini to pasta, adding as much of the oil as desired. Top with toasted bread crumbs, and serve immediately.

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