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  1. 3/4 pound whole- wheat dried spaghettini

  2. 3/4 pound zucchini

  3. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  4. 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  5. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  6. 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

  7. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  8. 1/4 cup Basil Oil, recipe follows

  9. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan , plus a small piece

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente , about 10 minutes. While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, cut the zucchini with the fine French-fry cutter on a mandoline . If you do not have one, cut by hand into the longest, finest julienne you can manage. Season with salt and pepper. If your zucchini is very finely cut, it does not need to be cooked. Otherwise, place in a colander , suspend over the pasta pot, cover the pot, and steam the zucchini until still slightly crunchy, about 2 minutes. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the garlic and saute briefly until light brown. Turn on the exhaust fan and add the red pepper flakes. Quickly mix in the basil and parsley and remove from the heat. When the pasta is al dente, drain through a colander, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Pour the pasta into a warm serving bowl; add the zucchini, basil oil, the garlic mixture, and 1/2 cup of the cheese . Toss well, adding cooking water as needed to make a smooth sauce. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, as needed. Grate about 2 tablespoons Parmesan over the top and serve at once. Cook's Note: The reason to save the basil oil to toss with the pasta at the end is so the oil will have a fresh, uncooked taste.


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