Friday, April 17, 2015

Creamy Penne Pasta with Zucchini, Pancetta and Ricotta Cheese

Perfect one-dish dinner, ready in less than 30 minutes
Creamy and rich penne pasta with wholesome zucchini, flavorful pancetta and delicate ricotta cheese.
Here is another recipe great for a family dinner on a busy weeknight. 
This pasta is super easy to prepare. It won't take you more than 30 minutes from start to finish. And it makes a healthy, complete and balanced one-dish meal. It has a full serving of  vegetables, carbs from the pasta, proteins from the ricotta and Parmesan cheese and ... oh well, the pancetta. Not as healthy as the rest, but it's sinfully delicious taste makes this dish incredibly flavorful. 
Here are other simple and quick pasta recipes with zucchini that are ready in less than 30 minutes. Buon appetito!
Fettuccine Pasta with Zucchini, Eggplants, and Peppers
Penne Pasta with Shrimps and Zucchini

Ingredients: serving 4
  • half onion
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 8 oz  (225 gr) whole milk ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • 3 oz (85 gr) of pancetta (or thin sliced bacon)
  • 12 oz (225 gr) of penne pasta (or other shape)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Step 1: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the penne pasta when boiling following the directions on the box.
In a large skillet, saute' the chopped onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil, over medium heat.

Step 2: Add the zucchini cut in small pieces. Saute' over medium-high flame for 7-10 minutes. Season with salt.

Step 3: Add the pancetta cut in strips and saute' for a couple of more minutes.
Step 4: In a bowl prepare the ricotta by mixing it with a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of pepper, the Parmesan cheese and about a 1/4 cup of hot water from the pot where the pasta is cooking. Mix and make it creamy.
Step 5: Drain the pasta and toss it in the skillet with the zucchini and the ricotta. Serve immediately. 
Buon appetito!