Rigatoni with Squash, Chili and Parma Ham (16 September 2014 )


Last time I have been busy in the kitchen cooking mainly Thai food. I felt like I lost inspiration to any other kind of food. On Sunday I went to the local market with hope to be inspired. Every time when I am there I discover new vegetables and fruits. This time I found a place where I can buy any kind of vegetables which are already cut or grated! It felt like a short cut but why not. I noticed grated zucchini and I knew what I am going to cook, a simple and fast pasta sauce. As zucchini is very delicate in taste I decided to combine it with garlic and chili. At the end I added just two slices of parma ham but it is up to you. You can skip the ham. Simple pasta dish done in just few minutes.

4 servings

350 g Rigatoni
300 g grated squash
2 chili pepper, cut into slices
3 cloves of garlic, cut into slices
4 tablespoons of extra-vergin oliv oil
8 slices of parma ham (optional)
some grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

On the frying pan, heat the oil, add garlic and chili and let if fry for 2 minutes. Add grated squash and fry for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. If you wish you can add slices of parma ham. Mix it well.
Boil Rigatoni until al dente, drain the pasta and toss into the frying pan with squash. Serve with some grated parmesan cheese.