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Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)

Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)

Pasta with fried zucchini is a very easy-to-prepare summer dish, and the characteristic of this dish is that the pasta is seasoned with fried zucchini and with oil that the zucchini release, fried, exclusively extra virgin.

It is called “pasta cu la cucuzza fritta“( pasta with fried zucchini) in Sicily. We use a kind of pale green courgette, which is a bit hairy if you touch it. It tends to become woody if not consumed as soon as it is harvested.

This delicious dish requires only three top-quality seasonings: good organic extra virgin olive oil, seasonal zucchini, and “u cascavaddu vecchiu ” the aged caciocavallo cheese (some use salted ricotta).

Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)
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Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 30 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Summer

This  pasta with fried zucchini or pasta cu la cucuzza fritta is a delightful and simple Sicilian dish that celebrates the flavors of fresh zucchini and garlic. Enjoy it as a satisfying main course.

  • 14 ounces spaghetti or bucatini
  • 2 zucchini
  • 4 tablespoons seasoned grated caciocavallo cheese
  • 1 garlic
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
  • parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper
    • Peel the zucchini (do not remove all the peel and slice it into round slices about half a centimeter.
    • Fry them in plenty of boiling extra virgin olive oil with unpeeled garlic (“aglio in camicia).
    • When the zucchini are golden, drain them on a plate.
    • In this case, I do not use absorbent paper because the oil that holds the courgettes helps me to flavor the pasta.
    • Cook the pasta when there are 2 minutes left at the end of cooking, transfer them into a large bowl, add the fried zucchini and the remaining oil on the bottom of the dish, mix gently, adding grated caciocavallo cheese, and, if necessary a little pasta cooking water.
    • Add freshly ground black pepper and chopped fresh parsley
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