“Sicilians were doing pasta shapes well before everyone else in Italy and creating shapes to go with certain pasta sauces,” explains Giorgio Locatelli, chef at Locanda Locatelli in London and author of Made in Sicily. Here, firm, chewy shells (conchiglie) stand up to the textures of sautéed vegetables while catching the bright flavors of the lemony sauce.
1. Cook conchiglie according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook 30 seconds. Add squash, asparagus, frying pepper, and green beans; sauté 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
3. Drain conchiglie, and transfer to large bowl. Add sautéed vegetables, tomatoes, grated fennel, fennel fronds, lemon juice, and mint; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.