zucchini bucatini with pecans, pecorino & mint

This stellar summer pasta dish features one of our favorite toppings: crunchy toasted pecans, fresh mint, and salty Pecorino.

By: Anna Decker / 07/26/2016

The trick to golden-brown zucchini is using a fair bit of oil over high heat so the slices soften and blister in the skillet. It will only take a few minutes, but resist the urge to instantly flip the zucchini so it has time to form a beautiful sear. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you'll need: 1 lb zucchini 1 oz Pecorino ¼ oz fresh mint 2 oz pecans 8 oz bucatini 1 lemon olive oil coarse salt freshly ground pepper

Equipment: large pot large skillet microplane

Recipe steps: 1. Prep ingredients Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Trim ends from zucchini and thinly slice into rounds. Grate Pecorino. Pick mint leaves from stems.

  1. Toast pecans Heat ¼ cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add pecans and cook, stirring, until darkened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl, leaving oil behind.

  2. Start zucchini Add zucchini to skillet and toss immediately to coat in oil. Increase heat to high and cook undisturbed until bottom zucchini are blistered and brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt, toss, and continue to cook, undisturbed until the next bottom layer is blistered and brown, 2 minutes more.

  3. Cook pasta Meanwhile, cook bucatini in boiling salted water until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

  4. Finish zucchini While pasta cooks, continue cooking zucchini until all are tender and deeply browned, 8–10 minutes total. Transfer zucchini and any oil to a large bowl, season with salt and pepper, and add pasta.

  5. Finish & serve Gather mint and pecans together and coarsely chop. Add most of mint, pecans and Pecorino to bowl with pasta. Zest lemon over top and toss to combine. Serve pasta with any remaining mint, pecans, and Pecorino. Halve lemon and serve alongside for squeezing over. Enjoy!

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