It’s time for some more pasta I think. Melbourne, in its cheeky European-esque manner, has decided to have a good cry on all the plants and a few bits of stray washing outside today. It’s a good day for staying inside, drinking tea and making lists.
Pasta is rarely something I cook for guests, because I think they deserve more of an effort than that. But as a homey dinner for one, this is spot on. There’s something so inherently comforting about a bowl of pasta that for once isn’t laced with pesto or marinara, something cheesy and decadent but with still enough of a vegetable percentage for you to hi-five your conscience for getting at least one fifth of your five a day.
The combination of zucchini, garlic, thyme and dairy is one you’ve come across before here. If you by some chance are in possession of too many zucchinis, make both recipes.
Creamy Zucchini Linguine
Serves 4, with salad or something else to accompany it – can be halved or quartered to suit your needs
400g linguine, or whatever pasta you favour
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 small firm zucchini, diced into 1 cm cubes
1 tsp fresh thyme, leaves picked, chopped
2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 splash soy sauce, because umami, obviously
salt to taste
90g / 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
Bring a big pot of water to boil and add enough salt to make it taste like the sea. Add your linguine and cook for as long as the packet instructions say, stirring occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking.
In the meantime, make the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large fry pan and add the zucchini and the thyme. Fry the cubes over high heat until golden and cooked but still holding their shape. Add the garlic and stir for another minute, before adding the cream, soy sauce, salt and ¾ of the parmesan. Set aside.
Pour your pasta into a colander, give it a good shake, and then add it to the sauce in the fry pan. Give everything a stir and divide amongst four plates. Top with the rest of the parmesan and a few chili flakes.
PS: Feel free to add a whole 500g packet of pasta here. I just like a higher sauce to pasta ratio.