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Penne with Herbed Zucchini and Goat Cheese

No recipe image available.A simple pasta dish, penne is tossed with sautéed zucchini, seasoned with fresh herbs, and soft goat cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 ounces penne or other tubular pasta
3 medium zucchini
1 large garlic clove
2 teaspoons mixed fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and marjoram leaves
2 ounces (1/4 cup) soft mild goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil

Cooking Directions:

  1. Fill a 4-quart kettle three-fourths full with salted water and bring water to a boil for pasta.
  2. Halve zucchini lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Thinly slice garlic lengthwise and finely chop herbs. Crumble goat cheese.
  3. In a heavy skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and sauté zucchini, stirring, until browned and just tender. Stir in garlic and herbs and sauté, stirring, 1 minute.
  4. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente and reserve 1 cup cooking water.
  5. Drain pasta in a colander and in a bowl toss with zucchini mixture, cheese, 1/4 cup reserved cooking water, and salt and ground black pepper to taste, adding additional reserved cooking water if necessary.

Makes 2 servings.