We made this pasta with a giant farmer's market zucchini for lunch on Sunday and would definitely do it again. We used kalamata olive since they were already in the fridge. The breadcrumbs sound unnecessary, but add a great little bit of crunch to the dish. Its a quick one too, 30 minutes from start to finish.
Serves 4 to 6.
1 pound linguine
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 cloves garlic, peeled
4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced very thinly crosswise
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
20 Gaeta or Nicoise olives, pitted
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Sicilian
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
Fill a 10-quart stockpot with 7 quarts water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons coarse salt. Add pasta, stir until water returns to a boil, and cook pasta, according to package directions, until al dente.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add olives, oregano, and red pepper flakes; season with salt to taste.
Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta to skillet and toss to combine. If pasta seems dry, add reserved cooking water 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing between each addition. Transfer pasta to a large platter, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with bread crumbs; serve immediately.
First published May 2008
*Recipe and photo from martha