It’s boxing day, and whilst the boy is at his parents I had some time to watch television and eat pasta! This pasta was really just a throw together but it was delicious! This is my girls night in zucchini flower fancy pasta comin’ atcha!
Christmas time isn’t that big a deal in my family. I live in a different state to each of my parents and my siblings so my last few Christmas days have been between myself, my boy and the twins (my sisters from different misters). Yesterday we enjoyed a Festive Roast from Spoons Vegetarian Butcher… it was bloody amazing as per usual!
So today, after a filling dinner yesterday and a trip to the beach in the earlier hours I came home with the house to myself and indulged in some mayz pasta, the kind the boy isn’t that into but which I love! I even stopped my Broadchurch binge to make it. BTW, Have you watched Broadchurch? Its strangely addictive!
Anyway, here is the recipe for my fancy pasta.
mayz’s girls night in zucchini flower fancy pasta
- 250g of fancy pasta (I used a half pac of the curly pasta pictured which came from my local grocer).
- 1 eschalot
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small chilli (if you like chilli)
- 8-10 cherry tomatoes
- handful basil leaves
- handful baby spinach leaves
- handful zucchini flowers (with the zucchinis attached)
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- sea salt
- cracked pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (I used my toaster oven as it preheats super quickly. Grab a baking dish and splash some olive oil in there. Separate the small zucchinis from the flowers and throw into the baking dish along with the cherry tomatoes and season with some salt and pepper.
- Bring a pot of water to the boil and add the pasta to it once its boiling. Set a timer for the amount of time the pasta takes to cook... mine takes 12 minutes.
- In the meantime, chop up your eschalot, garlic and chilli then add to a frying pan along with a dash of olive oil. Cook until it all smells delicious.
- Next, add in your zucchini flowers and fry for a minute or two followed by the roughly chopped basil and baby spinach leaves. Add a dash of balsamic, give it all a stir then remove from the heat.
- Once the pasta is done, strain it and then add it back into the pot along with the fried veggies. Give it a stir. Then, take your tomatoes and zucchini out of the oven, give the zucchinis a rough chop and add everything to the pot. I added a little of the oil from the baking pan too. Season with salt and pepper and some more balsamic if you are so inclined.
And now for the photo-guide!
Oh yeah, and finally…