Zucchini Pasta

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups small dice white onion
  • 3 strips thick bacon - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds zucchini cut into ¾ inch dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomato
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring one gallon of water to a boil with 4 tablespoons kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook until pasta is just cooked (about 6-9 minutes depending on the pasta).

Drain and set aside without rinsing. In a large pot, heat the oil and start sautéing the onion and the chopped bacon. Cook for 2 minutes over medium high heat.

Add the garlic and kosher salt and cook for and additional 1 minute. Toss in the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the chili flakes, paprika, chopped tomato, honey and white wine. Bring to a simmer and reduce to almost dry.

Dump in the cook pasta, stir well, and add the chopped oregano and parmesan cheese.

Place in serving bowl and bring to the table.

This recipe makes about six to eight portions. 

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