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Egg Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Mint Pesto

Serves 4

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • About 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 young and tender zucchini, julienned
  • 3 to 4 spring onions, whites and greens finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups mint
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, packed
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachio or pine nuts
  • About 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • About 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pound egg tagliatelle
PREPARATION

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

Heat about 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan in large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini to hot oil and lightly brown, 6-8 minutes. Add spring onions and half the garlic; deglaze with wine and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and keep warm until pasta is done.

Meanwhile, place the mint, parsley, remaining garlic, nuts, cheeses and about 1/4 cup EVOO in a food processor. Pulse into a pesto and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Transfer pesto to large bowl.

Salt pasta water and cook tagliatelle to al dente. Add 1 cup starchy cooking water to pesto. Drain pasta and add to the bowl. Toss to combine then add zucchini and gently toss. Serve.

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