This is a super easy and tasty Italian recipe, perfect for the summer! It features some classic and typical Italian ingredients such “Stracchino cheese” and “Zucchini flowers” and the main ingredient is fresh pasta called “Orecchiette”, typical of the Puglia region (which I didn’t replicate so well but I will improve!)
Now I may give you a quick explanation of the ingredients if you’re not quite familiar with italian cuisine:
Stracchino also known as Crescenza is a type of Italian cow’s-milk cheese, typical of Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto. It is eaten very young, has no rind and a very soft, creamy texture and normally a mild and delicate flavour. It is normally square in form.
Zucchini flowers are the flower of the zucchini/courgette plant. The flowers have a subtle flavour, reminiscent of young zucchinis, and can be eaten raw. The flowers are also frequently stuffed and cooked in a variety of dishes.
And this is how Orecchiette pasta (small ears in Italian) should actually look like: picture
- Fresh Pasta (or dried pasta) 170g (5oz)
- Zucchini 1 (big)
- Zucchini flowers 100g-150g (about 10 flowers)
- Stracchino cheese 2-3 tbsp
- EVO Oil
- Salt, Pepper and Ground Nutmeg
- Firstly, fill a pot with water and wait until it reaches boiling point, then add a punch of salt.
- In the meanwhile cut the zucchini into matchsticks and stir-fry them in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil (EVO=Extra Virgin Olive).
- When the zucchini become softer (about 5-7 minutes), add the zucchini flowers, which you previously cleaned and cut into stripes. Stir-fry for about 1 minute and season well with salt, pepper and a little pinch of ground nutmeg.
- Add this point you should toss the pasta in the boiling water. The fresh pasta will take only 2-3 minutes while the dried pasta will take 10-13 minutes (in this case cook the pasta in advance so the zucchini don't wait too much in the pan).
- Turn off the heat and add the stracchino cheese to the zucchini with half a glass of the pasta boiling water. Drain the pasta and add it in the pan with the condiment.
- It's pretty easy and quick, but if you never tasted this combination of flavours I absolutely recommend it to you!