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Zucchini-Garlic Pasta Recipe

Zucchini-Garlic Pasta Recipe

My Italian neighbor gave me the ingredients for this salad, but he didn't have the measurements written down. I experimented and came up with this recipe, which is a nice side dish with many meals. There are many garlic producers here in California, so I think this recipe represents our area well.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) wagon wheel pasta or other specialty shape pasta
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 to 3 medium zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds), halved and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, 2 tablespoons of drippings. In same skillet, saute onion and garlic in reserved drippings for 3 minutes or until tender. Add the zucchini and salt; cook 6 minutes longer or until tender.
  • 2. Drain pasta and add to the zucchini mixture. Add lemon juice and bacon; toss. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 293 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 354 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g protein.