A light vegetarian pasta is the perfect way to end a long summer day. We turned to Chef Catty Boom Batty to create a seasonal summer dish that is as nutrient rich as it is tasty. After visiting the local farmers market and picking up fresh bucatini pasta from McCall’s she created this Italian Summer Bucatini Pasta. Zucchini adds a soft crunch to the pasta while the combination of onions, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and basil naturally creates a light, classic Italian flavored juicy sauce. With plenty of healthy veggies that offset the fresh pasta, you will feel happy and satisfied from just one plate.
When using fresh organic ingredients with simple cooking methods you’ll see that the foods we often consider “fattening” or “unhealthy” are actually the opposite. You just need to get back to the basics of clean, organic, natural, food.
12 oz Fresh Bucatini Pasta
1/3 c Medium Diced Onion
1/4 c Chopped Basil
1 ea Medium Diced Heirloom Tomato
1/2 Lemon for Juicing
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
1/4 c Chopped and Pitted Ligurian Olives
1/4 c Chopped Capers
1t Red Pepper Flaked
4T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3T French Unsalted Butter
Kosher Salt to Taste
In a large pot bring water to a boil, season with salt so it tastes like the sea. Add about 2T oil and then add the fresh pasta. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside.
In a large saute pan add 2T oil over medium heat. Then add the zucchini, try to get a little golden brown color then add the onion and garlic, stir until the onion is translucent. Add the tomato and cook for about 1 minute, then add the butter, capers, olives, red pepper flakes, and squeeze of lemon juice. When the butter has fully melted, add the bucatini pasta and mix together, then garnish with basil. Season with salt to taste.
Recipe by: Catty Boom Batty
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