Spicy Spaghetti with grated Zucchini

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Who doesn't love pasta? I've never heard anyone say they dislike pasta, or Italian food for that matter. I don't know a whole lot about Italian cuisine but I do know that I love it. I consider pasta one of my comfort foods and a basic meal that we always have ingredients for. It can be prepare in no time and one meal that is pretty hard to mess up. Well, just don't over cook the pasta noodles and you'll be off to a great start. I didn't grow up eating pasta, or Italian food, so the only times that I got to eat it was out in restaurants. Of course pasta became a favorite and what I ordered when we went out for Italian. As good as the Italian food was in the states it's nothing compared to eating in Italy. I'll never forget sitting on a quiet sidewalk cafe in Florence taking that first bite of ravioli. Simply Wow! Then that trip to Rimini with the simple yet heavenly pasta with clams. Oh yeah both cities are also ancient magical places, I didn't just eat pasta....Okay maybe I did.

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When it comes to pasta I like it simple. In my personal preference I rate simple pastas tossed with just olive oil first, then tomato sauce pastas, and last preference are cream based pastas. Now that spring is here and with summer on the way, simple and light pastas are what I crave over the others. You can toss in some fresh seasonal vegetables, a bruschetta on the side, serve a light wine and you've got yourself a fabulous meal that is ready in about 30-45 minutes. I came up with this recipe a couple of weeks ago when I was feeling both lazy and uninspired. My husband and I loved the pasta so much that I've made it several times already. I hope you guys enjoy the recipe and remember it can be altered to your personal taste.

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* I'd also like to thank Saverio from Ariosto (http://www.ariosto.it/ ) spices for sending me the fantastic selection of spices to add to my cooking. They smell wonderful and taste fantastic. Plus I love that they don't have MSG. Grazie Ariosto! *

Spicy Spaghetti with grated Zucchini

1 large zucchini, grated
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
1/2 tsp salt, adjust to taste
1 tsp. Ariosto Garlic Chile spice ( Aglio e peperoncino)
1 pack of spaghetti (or other pasta if you like)
1 tbsp. (evoo) olive oil, good quality
ground black pepper, to taste
cherry tomatoes, halved
arugula or rocket dandelion greens, to taste
extra olive oil to coat pasta

1. Heat the water for the pasta. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and coat with olive oil, sprinkle some salt and ground black pepper for extra flavor.

2. While the pasta is cooking : Heat oil and over low heat saute garlic for 2 minute, do not allow to burn or turn golden. Then add the shredded zucchini, sprinkle salt, pepper and Ariosto spice. Stir often to prevent burning, allow to saute for 5 more minutes. Add the zucchini to the pasta and toss until the zucchini is well distributed. Please notice the zucchini will tend to clump together so you'll have to keep separating it to better distribute it through the pasta. You could also just grate and add the zucchini without cooking but I prefer to cook it first. Add the tomato halves, taste and adjust salt if necessary. Serve with fresh arugula or rocket greens on top or it can also be tossed in with the tomatoes.
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Carnivore version:
If you would like some meat in your pasta I suggest chicken. Simply cook chicken breast in a little olive oil with garlic, salt, pepper, and a dried oregano or basil. Slice into to strips and toss or serve on top of the pasta.

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That's all and I hope your week is starting off well!
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P.S. In case you are curious about the wine, it is a Syrah - Grenache wine. The recipe for the bread in the background is coming next. Potato Bread Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Arugula and can be found here, Potato Bread Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Arugula.


Nandita SS April 11, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

I just loved the presentation Nancy!! It's amazing. Equally loved the recipe as well :)

Fresh and Foodie April 11, 2011 at 5:21 PM  

This looks fab! Love the addition of arugula or dandelion greens. Plus that Ariosto paste looks like something I need to have in my kitchen!

Hester Casey - Alchemy April 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

I feel just the same way about pasta - it wasn't a regular on the family table when I was a child but I eat it several times a week now. Thanks for a great recipe. I've just planted seeds for this year's zucchini crop and will be making this lovely (quick) dish.

Susan Lindquist April 11, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

I love pasta and this dish looks so simple and delish! Just love a fast pasta fix!

Nancy April 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM  

@Paaka, Thanks!

@Fresh & Foodie, Thanks and it is a great spice to have.

@Hester Casey, How exciting to have fresh zucchini from your garden. Plus the blossoms also taste so good!

Stella April 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

Oh Nancy, this is a beautiful bowl of pasta-it looks so simple yet so wonderful. I wish I could have sat down and had a bowl with you-that would be something nice...
p.s. I've been meaning to write you about my flakiness (smile), but writing to you about it seems even more flaky somehow. Anyway, I haven't been blogging lately due to business and couldn't get to your form (or anything else). Hope you forgive me...

muppy April 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

This looks delicious, that garlic chilli mix looks interesting.

Anonymous,  April 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

Mmm, that sounds so good. I've been craving nice light summery things lately too. I can't wait for fresh zucchini from my garden :D I will try this for sure. I've never seen that spice before though. Is it a mix of spices? What would you recommend as a replacement?

Sandra April 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

One more fabulous and delicious recipe! I love your elegant presentation and photos too!

Unknown April 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM  

I LOVE pasta (notice the block letters? hehe)! I happily eat them every single day. This pasta dish looks wonderful. I would be so happy if presented with a bowl piled high with this pasta dish. yum.

Nancy April 11, 2011 at 7:06 PM  

@Stella, Too funny I was just thinking about you today :) It's no problem at all, don't worry :) And I'ld love to sit down and enjoy this pasta together.

@Muppy, thanks you!

@Fooddooles, It will be great with homegrown zucchini. The spice is garlic and chile with Mediterranean salt. Check their website for more information and where you can get it.

@Sandra, Thanks!

@Michael, Hehe, yes I noticed. Now you have to make it and pile it high in a bowl.

She's Cookin' April 11, 2011 at 8:01 PM  

I'm feeling lazy and uninspired and decided to make pasta tonight, too :) But with asparagus and peas - another great Spring-inspired combination. Your zucchini and arugula with those wonderful spices sounds fantastic - I'll try this next time I'm craving pasta!

Torviewtoronto April 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

flavourful colourful delicious spaghetti :)

Sandra April 11, 2011 at 9:01 PM  

Love this recipe and I can't say enough about your pictures.

Unknown April 11, 2011 at 9:16 PM  

I never thought of making pasta this way with grated zucchini, which is funny because I love zucchini grated and cooked with lots of garlic in olive oil. Adding that to pasta with tomatoes and greens is such a natural. I will have to try your pasta Nancy, another healthy and delicious recipe from you, thanks and have a nice weekend;-)

penny aka jeroxie April 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

simple and refreshing pasta dish. beautiful.

Michelle Chin April 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

This looks very very healthy! Your name's Nancy too? You and my mom share a name. :D

Indian Khana April 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Looks so delicious and fab pics

spcookiequeen April 12, 2011 at 12:17 AM  

Were you reading my mind or what, I had almost the same thing. He he I like mine best too with a light sauce during the Spring. I should have added some arugula to mine too. Hope you had a happy Monday. Frank's recipes are wonderful, I have a few saved.

Our Eyes Eat First April 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

looks just lovely. simple and elegant!

Monet April 12, 2011 at 1:01 AM  

Simple yet delicious. This sounds like the pasta for me. We love zucchini around our house, so I love the addition of that vegetable. Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight. I always know I will find something that will make me smile! Your sweet and creative spirit brings me such happiness. I hope you have a great day tomorrow full of hope and love.

tigerfish April 12, 2011 at 1:15 AM  

It used to be tomato-based pasta for me, then Aglio e olio, and cream-based the last. Now, cream-based is still last for me, but I am tied between tomato-based and Aglio e olio. The simplicity of garlic and extra virgin olive oil cannot be undermined!

Adina April 12, 2011 at 3:06 AM  

I just love the presentation!!! I think I could learn a few things just by looking at your photos,but I'll go to the photo tutorial and steal some tips.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake April 12, 2011 at 6:52 AM  

Oh, I love meals like this! Beautiful photos, too, Nancy~

Megan April 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

Oh goodness, this looks unbelievable! What a great combination of flavors.

Roxan April 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

Hi Nancy! I feel like it's been so long since I last stopped by here. I know, I've been a bad friend. Glad to see you're still whipping up fantastic dishes though! This pasta looks so light and refreshing, and I love the side you have of crusty bread. Yummm! :)

Magic of Spice April 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

Nancy this is just gorgeous...I love these types of pasta dishes best and like the idea of a bit of spiciness :) The photos are so beautiful, as always...
And thank you for mentioning our new app :)

sweetlife April 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM  

I simply love your dark background photos, they make the food just "pop" congrats on the huff and honest cooking (secretly wanting to submit something but, i get too nervous!lol) I love spicy pasta and cannot wait for the bread recipe!


Peggy April 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM  

What a beautiful dish Nancy! I'm with you, I love simple pastas the best - especially in the spring time! =)

scrambledhenfruit April 12, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

This looks delicious! I love julienne zucchini cooked like this, and I know it's wonderful mixed with the pasta. Beautiful photos too!

A little bit of everything April 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

Nancy, you make everything look so beautiful. even those people (if there are any) that don't like pasta would give yours a try. looks amazing.
thanks for sharing

Sandra April 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM  

Congrats!!! #1 at top 9!!!

Kate April 13, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

Heavenly! This pasta looks so tasty! It is only 8:45am in the morning and I wish I was eating this right now :-)

Adele Forbes April 13, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

Love it and congraulations on the top 9 Foodbuzz today!

Annie April 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

YUM! I will HAVE to try this one gluten free style :)

Sortachef April 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

Love the pasta dish with the dandelion leaves, Nancy. And the photo is AWESOME. I'll just have to check back for your bread recipe.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Brooks at Cakewalker April 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Fabulous photography and inspiring dishes...so glad I found you! The 30-ish minutes to dinner on the table is a big thumbs up, especially with wee ones tugging at your pants leg.

Chef Dennis Littley April 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM  


what an incredible set of images, not to mention the perfect pasta and complete meal you have displayed for us...
Just incredible!
congrats on the #1 spot on the top 9!!!!!

Cooking Rookie April 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

Amazing photo! You can smell the garlic, and hear the crunch of the bread :-). Beautiful website. I will be following it form now on. And I'm heading off to Suite 101, curious to see what's there.

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour April 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Delicious! Gorgeous photos! Congrats on the top nine! Well deserved!

Kankana April 13, 2011 at 8:53 PM  

This is making me so hungry :) Congrats on top nine !

Frank April 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

What a lovely dish! Pasta and zucchine were simply made for each other. And I'm sure a bit of spice is very nice.

Ami's Vegetarian April 13, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

Wow nice food, excellent photographs. Congrad's on top 9

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com April 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

wow - looks like something straight from a 5* Italian cookery book. Awesome stuff !

I love zucchini / courgettes. The last few years, I've grown so many (these things are prolific) and it becomes hard to know what to do with them. Chef Dennis came to the rescue last year and taught me how to cook the blossoms. I'm not so well prepared this year. Everything has got on top of me and my veg plot is overgrown and unplanted.

Your recipe is a delight - simple and a fresh taste of Italy and summer.

bunkycooks April 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM  

Your photos are beautiful and the presentation is perfect. We love pasta and will be having some this evening. What a perfect mix of delightful, fresh flavors. Have a great weekend!

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