Monday, March 22, 2010

sundried tomato zucchini pasta

a dish as bright as the day outside. thankfully, most of the snow has melted, and though it's not warm, it's sunny, and the heavy clouds that were forcing lassitude on me have cleared the sky. i'm starting my tomatoes today. i found some great heirloom tomato seeds, and decided to give them a shot. i don't much like to use seeds for tomatoes, i always buy small plants that i can put directly in the ground. seeds are fussy, they need at least six weeks inside, but i'm determined to follow through. ever had cream of heirloom tomato soup? it's worth every bit of impatient gardening i can muster. at least until those hang on the vine i have sundried tomatoes, the next best thing. they can brighten up the blandest of dishes, plus i love the color they give to sauces. this is a 15 minute lunch for zhara. let's just breeze over the inordinate quantity i consumed, it's not healthy to dwell in the past.

1 lb pasta
2 large zucchini, grated
8 sundried tomatoes packed in oil, finely sliced
2 large roasted red peppers, finely sliced
4 oz bulgarian feta cheese, crumbled
a few parmesan shavings, optional

boil the pasta according to package instructions. prep the vegetables while that's happening. drain the pasta but reserve 1 cup of the water. stir in all the veggies at once, and let it cook together for a few minutes. the zucchini will give off their juices, as will the peppers and tomatoes. add the cheese and mix well. the cheese will melt to form a wonderful sauce, and everything will take on a pale golden colour from the tomatoes. you may need a bit of pasta water, it all depends on how much juice the zucchini gives off. thin it to your preffered consistency, season with salt and pepper, plate and garnish with parmesan. enjoy at once.


  1. Chiar ca e o reteta luminoasa, parca te binedispune! O combinatie de culori frumoasa si apetisanta!

  2. your pasta recipes are always great! lovely colour!

  3. So simple and lovely. Good luck with the tomatoes- we have some on the kitchen window sill right now :)

  4. Arata tare bine mancarica ta ca dealtfel toate retetele de pe blogul tau.
    Cum de ai invatat asa de bine limba engleza?

  5. Mmm, this looks so creamy. I can't wait to get our garden started!

  6. andrei, multumesc!
    uma, thanks for saying so, you're kind.
    anca: suntem mai bine, mersi mult.
    thanks mary, i hope they won't give me trouble.
    anonim, multumesc frumos. engleza am invatat-o la scoala, acasa. plus ca de cinci ani locuiesc in state :)
    karen, thanks! me too! can't wait to see something sprout!

  7. This savory meal would put a smile on my face on a cold, rainy day! :)


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