Tuesday, 30 July 2013

From Italy with Love:
4th Installment Italy Series
Penne al Scamorza
(Smoked Cheese with Penne)
The Italian way of life is quite slow paced compared to big City Life where everything is fast and frantic.
As my vacation time in Italy continued, my eating scheduled got pushed further back daily.
Sometimes we ate as late as 10pm!
One reason I gained some extra weight, that one member cheerfully calls "a souvenir" from
Well, that's one way to put it :D
So when the evening carried on late, a quick and easy meal is to make pasta; ready in 10 min
and another masterpiece is made.
This dish is courtesy of my nephews girlfriend. It is so simple; using garden fresh herbs and vegetables with a wonderful added twist;
A wonderful smoked cheese grated, it melts into the steamy pasta leaving a wonderful taste and aroma to this simple summer dish.
1 zucchini, washed, ends cut and sliced
6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 pkg smoked scamorza cheese, grated on large holes
(look for this cheese in your refrigerated dairy section)
4-5 large basil leafs, torn
3-6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
500g pkg penne pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Drop in pasta, stir to prevent sticking.
Continue cooking and stirring until al dente. for approximately 10 min.
In a preheated large skillet add 3 tbsp. oil. When heated, but not smoking add the zucchini.
Cook on medium heat until slightly softened, tossing to cook.
Add cut tomatoes and continue cooking for 5-10 min.
Season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta, reserving some of the hot liquid.
Toss the sauce into the pasta, add the remaining oil, basil leaves and toss with the grated cheese.
Serve immediately
Serves: 6
Enjoy with love from Italy!

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