Sunday, June 16, 2013

Zucchini and Sweet Onion Pasta Sauce/Condiment with Three Cheeses

This is a delicious vegetable only pasta sauce that uses no butter or cream. Just olive oil, zucchini squash, a Vidalia sweet onion, and Ricotta, Parmesan, and Pecorino Romano cheeses. You need not chop or dice, as the vegetables go through the shredder disk of the food processor. The onion is not sauteed first since shredded onion softens and cooks quickly.

2 medium zucchini- each about 8 inches long

1 large sweet yellow onion such as a Vidalia

3-4 tbs olive oil

Kosher salt to taste

Two shakes of Italian seasoning

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, loosely packed in measuring cup

1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese, loosely packed

Put the zucchini and onion through the shredder disk of your food processor. Heat a saute pan with the olive oil to medium heat and add the vegetables. Toss to coat, then saute until the onion and zucchini are cooked through and soft. Add the kosher salt at this time, to taste.(Remember that 2 of the cheeses are salty.)

Now add the cheeses and lower the heat. Let the cheeses melt and stir well.

Before spooning the sauce over your pasta of choice, add a ladle full of pasta water to the sauce if it seems too thick.

This, and a pound of pasta, should serve four.

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