Submitted by Candace Church
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 2
- ¼ lb of linguine
- 1 large zucchini
- 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
- Crumbled Feta cheese
- Fresh Basil thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop off the top and bottom of the zucchini, then use a vegetable peeler to make long thin shavings. Stop when you reach the core with the seeds. Set aside the shavings.
- Put a pot of boiling salted water on the stove and cook linguine according to package directions. Reserve a little of the starchy cooking water before draining.
- Meanwhile, place olive oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in a large cold pan and bring to a sizzle together, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn. When the garlic becomes slightly golden and fragrant, add the tomatoes, along with some salt and pepper, and cook for about 1 minute. They should only be slightly softened, and release a little juice, but still hold their shape. Add the cooked drained linguine, along with a splash of the reserved salted cooking water to the pan. Add the lemon juice and toss together for 30 seconds, just to coat the linguine with the tomatoes. Turn off the heat and add the zucchini ribbons. Toss lightly and let the heat of the linguine slightly wilt the zucchini. Don’t let it soften too much or it can get mushy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with feta and basil and serve.
Alterations/Substitutions: 1) Use Parmesan cheese instead of Feta. 2)Use yellow summer squash or even shaved asparagus instead of zucchini.