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Casareccia with Zucchini and Fresh Basil

Casareccia look like macaroni that have been split open and twisted. The groovy shape is perfect for light sauces. 



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8 oz. dry casareccia pasta (2 cups)
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4 small zucchini, julienned (4 cups)
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2 cloves garlic, minced
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¼ cup low-fat ricotta
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½ cup torn fresh basil


1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; add zucchini to pasta water 1 minute before end of cooking time.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together garlic and ricotta in large bowl. Drain zucchini and pasta, and add to ricotta mixture. Stir in basil, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

11 g
Total Fat: 
2 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
47 g
5 mg
123 mg
3 g
6 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Great taste and aroma but the garlic can stay with you(be careful. I substituted casareccia for whole wheat rigatoni and used feta instead of ricotta. Came out very flavorful. Easy for a college student like myself.

I made this and it was great. I didn't have ricotta but I tried a local Quark and it was nice and creamy. Garlic was strong so could cut back a bit!

Easy and quick! I like that this recipe actually took 30 minutes and was a bit different than pasta dishes I usually make. I also like that it was a one pot dish as I didn't mix the ricotta and garlic before adding it to the noodles. This recipe does need salt.

This was quick. I quickly roasted the unpealed garlic in a dry skillet to mellow it out before mashing it up and adding it to the ricotta. I also added chives.

Lovely! Tastes sinful, but it's not. I did add a touch of Parmesan. So easy, so quick and everyone loved it!

Casareccia with Zucchini and Fresh Basil This is a wonderful combination. Please note that the word 'casareccio' means homemade. Pasta casareccia: homemade pasta It does not mean that the pasta has been 'split' or 'twisted' As the homemade pasta is cut at home by hand, one can invent any shape...there is a shape called 'maltagiati'. It means that the pieces have not been cut properly, tagliare means to cut, mal means badly, they have been badly cut...of course there is no pasta called 'bentagliatti', but if it did, it would mean cut properly... Bene: correctly, properly, good...Male: incorrectly, not appropriate, evil , good and evil nouns, correctly, incorrectly adverbs...( you can tell that I am a little old lady, retired...that has nothing better to do...)

PS TYPO of course there is no pasta called 'bentagliatti', but if it did, it would mean cut properly... tagliati has only one t: bentagliati, as opposed to maltagliati. The word 'maltagliati' refers to pasta that has been cut in an uneven, a bit chaotic way, the word 'bentagliati' does not exist, I just made it up, to make a point: it would be all the pasta produced by machines in factories...I will make this zucchini pasta tomorrow...

How wonderful this will be when I can go out into my own garden and pick a super fresh zucchini. :)

This recipe was too plain.

I enjoyed the dish. I couldn't find casareccia so I used small penne. The garlic was a bit overpowering, next time I will use 1 clove of garlic instead of two. I added 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese, and I think it might have been too bland without it. The combination with zucchini was wonderful, although I might put a little less pasta so there is a higher ratio of zucchini to pasta next time. I put the zucchini in the boiling water 2 minutes before the timer went off instead of one, and it was perfect. I liked the simplicity of the dish.