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Lemony Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons - light olive oil
  • 2 cups - fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoons - finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoons - fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoons - parmesan cheese
  • Pasta and Veggies
  • 2 tablespoons - light olive oil
  • 1/2 cups - parmesan cheese
  • 1 cups - fresh or frozen peas
  • 2/3 cups - green beans
  • 1 bunches - baby asparagus, sliced
  • 2 - small zucchini, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves - garlic, chopped
  • 2 - ripe tomatoes, skinned, deseeded, chopped
  • 14 ounces - spaghetti or tagliatelle
  • - sea salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Directions:

    Heat oil for breadcrumbs in frying pan over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, lemon zest, and thyme and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly, shaking the pan so the breadcrumbs turn an even, golden color. Add the tablespoon of parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Remove from pan and set aside until needed.
    Bring a large saucepan of wtaer to a boil and add the peas, beans, asparagus and zucchini (courgettes). Return the water to a boil; then cook for 2 minutes until tender and drain well.
    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan over high heat, add the garlic and cook for just a few seconds to flavor the oil. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minutes until softened. Add the blanched vegetables to the pan with the tomatoes, cook for 1-2 minutes and cover to keep warm.
    Bring a large saucepan of water to boil, add plenty of salt and return to a boil. Cook the pasta of your choice according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and return it to the warm pan. Add the vegetable and tomato mixture and half the breadcrumbs and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Divide the pasta between warmed serving plates, sprinkle with the remaining breadcrumbs and serve immediately, topped with the rest of the parmesan.

    Brief Description

    This light Italian pasta dish is a great way to use any crisp, green vegetables you might find at the farmer's market, like green beans, peas, and young zucchini.

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    Category:  Pasta

    Cuisine:  Italian

    Prep Time: 15 min
    Cook Time: 25 min


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    August 8, 2012

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