Fresh squash blossoms and parsley give this pasta dish a wonderful summer flavor. Use your favorite pasta shape.
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta
- 15 fresh zucchini blossoms
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon saffron threads
- 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 Fill a large pot with water, stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta-cooking water.
- 2 Clean and rinse zucchini blossoms, removing the inner parts (stigma or anthers); coarsely chop the flowers.
- 3 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until it begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir parsley, saffron, and reserved 1/2 cup of pasta-cooking water into skillet; stir to combine. Add zucchini blossoms and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle cornmeal into mixture and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
- 4 Gently fold penne pasta into zucchini blossom mixture and top with Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper.
- Calories 298.7
- Carbohydrate 46.4 g
- Cholesterol 2.2 mg
- Fat 9 g
- Fiber 2.7 g
- Protein 9.4 g
- Saturated Fat 1.7 g
- Sodium 341.5 mg
- Sugar 2.1 g