When I cook, it’s an event. It’s planned. The recipe is chosen a week in advance, the ingredients ready to be chopped days before it’s time. I ask the boyfriend to block of an evening, dedicated to my future masterpiece.
Last week I finally dug into a cookbook I received for my birthday, Food; Vegetarian Home Cooking by Mary McCartney. So far, I love this cookbook. Although I’m not a vegetarian, there are still some great, tasty ideas. Plus, there are pictures for each recipe which I’m a HUGE fan of.
I decided to go with the lemon zucchini pasta recipe, but also had the boyfriend pick up some lemon-y chicken from Whole Foods (pre-marinated because that’s how us lazy kids roll).
Here is what you need:
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 medium zucchini, thinkly sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh sage, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese (plus extra for more deliciousness)
- 4 ounces of feta cheese, crumbled
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
I wish I had some special instructions for you or things that I did differently that improved the recipe. But, alas. I’m not there yet in my cooking. I follow instructions to the T. One thing I couldn’t figure out though was how to finely chop garlic? Instead we ended up with pieces of garlic in the final product.
- Open wine bottle
- Pour wine glass
- Cook the spaghetti according to your pasta box’s instructions (obviously)
- Once the pasta is done, set it aside and drizzle some olive oil in there so it doesn’t get all sticky
- Using the same pan, combine the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and zucchini and sauté for 4-5 minutes
- Pour second glass of wine
- Add in the garlic and herbs, mix well and sauté for a couple more minutes
- Add in the cooked pasta and yea through, mix in the cheese and lemon zest.
- Season with some salt and black pepper
- Add more cheese. I love cheese.
- Share wine bottle and food with friends
Below are some pics of my cooking process, in case it helps! I forgot to get a picture of the final product though, shame. My boyfriend and I loved this dish! It wasn’t creamy or heavy, so you leave the meal nice and full but with room for dessert. Enjoy 🙂