Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Zucchini

Creamy Pesto Fettuccine

with Zucchini

20 MIN
2 Servings
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    To deliciously bring together tender fettuccine and zucchini (sautéed with just a bit of red pepper flakes for a kick), we’re tossing them with our vibrant basil pesto and a bit of cream to create a verdant, rich sauce.
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      770 Cals (est.)
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    Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Zucchini
    Title
    • ½ lb Fettuccine Pasta
    • 1 Zucchini
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
    • 0.7 oz Grana Padano Cheese Or Grated Romano Cheese
    • 1 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
    • ¼ cup Cream
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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    tips & techniques
    Cook the pasta
    1 Cook the pasta

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    Prepare the ingredients
    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the zucchini; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the peppers. Grate the cheese on the small side of a box grater. 

    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. 

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, chopped peppers, cream, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat. Add the pesto; stir until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the grated cheese. Enjoy! 

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Cook the pasta
    1 Cook the pasta

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    2 Prepare the ingredients

    Meanwhile, wash and dry the zucchini; halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop the peppers. Grate the cheese on the small side of a box grater. 

    Prepare the ingredients
    Cook the zucchini
    3 Cook the zucchini

    In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. 

    4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked zucchini, chopped peppers, cream, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat. Add the pesto; stir until combined and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the grated cheese. Enjoy! 

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