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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Linguine with Zucchini Ribbons

I still enjoy using zucchini all times of the year. This is a quick and easy way to make an interesting linguine, and use up some of the summer zucchini and fresh herbs that you still have. I used a recipe that I ran across on and adjusted it to what I had on hand. I had to quick get a photo and didn't get a picture with the herbs on it. I think that what the problem with making a quick meal is taking the time for I guess we're lucky to see any!
1/3 cup mixed seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium shallots, very thinly sliced (I diced mine)
1 medium lemon, zest finely grated and juice reserved separately
3 medium zucchini
12 ounces linguine
1/2 cup chopped assorted fresh herbs (use a mixture of chives, parsley, chervil, tarragon, and basil or whatever you have in your garden), plus more for garnish
2 1/2 ounces asiago cheese, finely shredded or grated (about 1 cup), plus extra shavings for garnish
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat, add seeds, and toast, shaking the pan occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove seeds from the pan and set aside.
Heat butter and oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When butter foams, add shallots and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Stir in toasted seed and lemon zest, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and remove from heat.
Trim ends off of zucchini. Using a julienne peeler or a mandolin, cut the skin and first layer of flesh from each squash in long ribbons. (You should have about 3 cups.) Alternatively, you can use a knife to slice the skin and first layer of flesh off each side of the squash (creating four 1/8-inch-thick slices), and then julienne each piece into 1/8-inch-wide ribbons. Reserve remaining squash for another use.
Cook linguine according to the package directions. When about 1 minute of cooking time remains, add squash noodles to the pot. When linguine is cooked and squash is tender, drain well in a colander and then return to the empty pot.
Add shallot mixture, lemon juice, herbs, and 1/2 of the grated cheese. Season with salt and lots of freshly ground pepper and toss well. Transfer pasta to a serving platter and garnish with more fresh herbs and cheese shavings.

I haven't been spending as much time on the computer as I have been this summer. With work at the school and helping with homework. We still take the time to enjoy the wonderful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico at our local beaches. Wade has Sundays and Mondays off so we try to go at least one of those evenings that he has off. Otherwise he gets home after dark.

This was Monday evening, and there were so many sea birds out there, diving and eating.

I tried to catch the pelican just as he hit the water. Once we saw two pelicans land in the water at the same time side by side, both caught a fish, ate it, then flew off again at the same time!

Have yourself a wonderful evening!


  1. The linguine looks really good and nutritious. I love how you combine ingredients. The gulf views are terrific.

  2. Thank you I.M. so nice of you to say! I enjoy so many of your recipes. I'm going to try making your mussel recipe for sure!

  3. dinner looks yummy & the sunset is beautiful. thanks for sharing it. :)

  4. I'm definitely still using zucchini too, it's one of my favorites and still cheap and plentiful here for us. Great recipe :-)

  5. That looks like a very delicious meal...I love cooking pasta too, it is very easy to put together. Great photos!

  6. The recipe looks very yummy but those sunset pictures are amazing. Diane

  7. All the pictures are amazing and your pasta sounds wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Those pictures are gorgeous! Such beautiful set set over there. And of coz, your pasta looks simply yummilicious! I love cooking pasta in this way too. Oh yes, forgotten your bento site! Must check out there as well. See ya! & have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  9. The sunset pic is beautiful..pasta looks & sounds yum..:)

  10. I have made something very similar...minus the seeds, but they sound like a nice addition...Beautiful sunset photos!

  11. Susan B. - Thanks! I do have plenty of sunsets to share too (I can't help myself)

    Martha - too bad we can grow it very well here! (or at least I can't)

    Jeannie - yes pasta dishes come in handy so often. I like getting different kinds too.

    Thanks Diane, love so many of your photos too!

    Mary - thank you

    Kristy - Thanks glad you like them. I had to catch up on some of your posts that I missed earlier today! Oops! I hate it when that happens! - thank you, I like to share my sunsets too!

    Bo - thanks, it's nice to see you here I've missed you!

  12. Your pasta looks summer perfect! I've always wanted to do zucchini ribbons like that and use as a pasta noodle in a lasagna but never have.
    Wish we lived close to the ocean. Enjoy those evenings!!!

  13. wow! this looks really delicious.It's so nice to meet you..

  14. Mmmmm, this looks so delicious Lyndsey! Beautiful pictures too!

  15. the sunset picture are awesome and Thanks for sharing this simple and delicious pasta.

  16. Delicious pasta dish Lyndsey and thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Have a great weekend!

  17. looks wonderful and love the way you cut it wow always enjoy your beach snaps have a lovely weekend lol Rebecca

  18. Now that's what I call a delicious dinner with a beautiful view, Lyndsey.

  19. Oh my gosh, yum. Those fat, yet thin, slices of cheese do me in. This looks fantastic. And the sunset-gorgeous!

  20. This is one of those non-boring pasta dishes that I wish to see more often.:D

  21. That's a yummy dinner and the sunset is quite picturesque :-)
    thanks for your lovely wishes :-)

  22. Love your pasta dish...looks delicious. The sunset is spectacular! I wish I was there to enjoy it. Thanks very much for sharing the pictures.

  23. So delicious! Love the zucchini ribbons. They make a simple dish look elegant. I just posted a zucchini and pasta quick dish too. Different from yours, but you can't go wrong with vegetables and pasta. Thanks for the sunset pictures too. Beautiful and peaceful.

  24. This looks good. I've found that I like zucchini so much more when I cut it in ways other than just regular slices.


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