fresh pasta with creamy goat cheese & zucchini

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Prep Time:
10 minutes    |   
Cook Time:
10 minutes

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fresh pasta with creamy goat cheese & zucchini

Pasta really is a miracle…especially when you can make the sauce as quickly as this one, which is light and creamy without using cream. Use fresh fettuccine or pappardelle, whichever suits you. For the sauce, use the bigger green onions in the bunch (you know how there are fat and skinny ones in every bunch…).


kosher salt
2 tablespoons butter
3 green onions, sliced
3 medium zucchini (about 3/4 pound), diced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme or lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lemon
12 ounces fresh fettuccine
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Bring a big pot of salted water to boil. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a saute pan or frying pan and add green onions; cook, stirring, until onions are soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in zucchini and a good pinch of salt, then cover and “sweat” zucchini until they are just tender, about 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Stir in thyme and lemon zest and set zucchini aside in pan.

Drop pasta into the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes. Have a serving bowl for the pasta ready next to the stove. Crumble the goat cheese into the bowl. When the pasta is done, scoop out 1/4 cup of the cooking water with a ladle or measuring cup and pour it over cheese in bowl. Drain the pasta. Whisk the goat cheese and hot water until smooth, then dump the drained pasta into the bowl and add the zucchini mixture from the pan. Toss everything well (I use tongs), then season to taste with salt. Divide among warmed pasta bowls, grate Parmigiano over each portion, and serve.