13 March, 2016

Last Minute Pasta

Everyone should have at least one meal in their back pocket that can be whipped up in an instant with little fuss and make everyone happy. This is mine.

Chili, Zucchini and Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta

This dish is incredibly easy and quick to prepare, it's also inexpensive. It's quite easy to adjust the ingredients based on your personal taste and there is minimal washing up after (bonus!).
I first tried this dish up when a guest at a dinner party announced she was now a vegetarian about 30 minutes before the dinner was about to be served. Lovely.
I’ve seen a few different versions of this but this is my favourite and it has since become a regular on our table.

What You Need
Angel hair pasta
1 - 2 Lemons
1 Zucchini
4 Garlic cloves
Good quality olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Shaved Parmesan
1 Large red chili

Now Get Cooking
Get a big pot of salted water boiling and while you're waiting, prepare the veggies.
Angel hair pasta cooks faster than you can blink, so it's best to prepare everything first and then cook the pasta (and it kind of makes you feel like you're Nigella Lawson when you have everything prepped in front of you).

Get Prepping
Grate your zucchini
De seed and chop up the chili finely.
Peel and crush your garlic cloves, add more or less depending on your taste.
Juice both lemons.
Heat up enough oil in a fry pan to lightly coat the zucchini, add the crushed garlic to the frying pan. and after a minute, add the zucchini.
Add salt and fresh pepper to taste.
Once the zucchini starts softening, add the chopped chili to the frying pan and season with salt and pepper.

Start Multi Tasking
While that’s cooking, place the pasta in boiling water and give it a good stir.
Once all the veggies are soft add about half of the lemon juice to taste (try adding half first and then adding more if needed) and lower the heat of the fry pan.
To tell if the pasta is cooked, take a strand and bite it - if there is still white in the middle, it will need more time.
When the pasta is just cooked, drain well and add to the fry pan a little at a time.
Add shaved Parmesan and start to toss everything through a little with some tongs and add the rest of the lemon juice to taste.
Don’t fuss with the dish too much or it may become mushy.
After about 2 minutes the dish should be heated through.
Serve the pasta with tongs, twisting as you set it in the bowl to make it look a little prettier, then garnish with a little Parmesan and pepper.
And you are done!
Quick, easy and an affordable meal that will satisfy anyone.

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