This tasty pasta dish serves 6 as appetizers or 4 as a main course.
1/2 pound string beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces (about 1 cup) 1 (1.1 pound) package Dal Raccolto Trofie pasta, or other short pasta 1/4 cup COLAVITA Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, thickly sliced 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces 1 container COLAVITA Sun-dried tomatoes, drained of excess oil and cut into 1/4-inch stripes 2 cups milled or crushed canned Italian plum tomatoes 1 tablespoon dried oregano Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large covered pot of water to a boil, add a large pinch of salt. When the water boils, add the green beans; cook about 8 minutes, or until tender. In a medium bowl, prepare an ice bath by combining 2 cups water with 1 cup ice. When the green beans are tender, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water to stop the cooking. Return the water to a boil. Add the pasta, stir well; cover until water returns to a boil; uncover and boil until the pasta is just tender, al dente. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large covered skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic; saute until the garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, stir, cover and cook 4 minutes. Add the cooked green beans, the tomatoes, oregano and salt and pepper to taste, cook, uncovered, 2 minutes more. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and mix well, adding a few tablespoons of pasta water, as needed, to coat the pasta evenly. Cover and cook 1 minute more, or until thoroughly heated. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately, generously sprinkled with Parmesan. Per Serving: 655 Calories (kcal); 18g Fat (3g Sat, 11g Mono, 2g Poly); 21g Protein; 104 Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 286mg Sodium. Food Exchanges; 6 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Fat. ______________________________ Look for Dal Raccolto Artisan Pasta and other fine Colavita products in your supermarket, or to purchase online visit ColavitaStore.com