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Zucchini-Garlic Pasta

 Zucchini-Garlic Pasta
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.
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.