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Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: easy recipe, fast recipe, handmade pasta, pasta
Servings: 4


  • 400 g spaghetti 14 oz
  • 2 zucchini
  • 4 tbsp seasoned grated caciocavallo cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Chopped parsley (I prefer)
  • Basil or mint (optional)


  • Peel the zucchini (do not remove all the peeand slice it into round slices about half a centimeter.
  • Fry them in plenty of boiling extra virgin olive oil, with unpeeled garlic (“aglio in camicia).
  • When the zucchini are golden, drain them on a plate.
  • In this case I do not use absorbent paper because the oil that holds the courgettes helps me to flavor the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta (only spaghetti in Siciland when there are 2 minutes left at the end of cooking, transfer them into a large bowl, add the fried zucchini and the remaining oil on the bottom of the dish, mix gently adding grated caciocavallo cheese and if necessary a little pasta cooking water.
  • Add freshly ground black pepper, and chopped fresh parsley (basil or/and minto serve immediately.


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