Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Fettucini with Pancetta & Zucchini Ribbons


Merry Christmas!

We are having a later Christmas dinner, so I had to eat something during the day, and red (ish) and green Christmas pasta was perfect.

Espcially since this cider-braised pork roast is in the oven for my contribution to Christmas dinner tonight and making the entire house smell good!

Happy holidays everyone - I hope you are surrounded by family and friends and having a wonderful day.

Fettucini with Pancetta & Zucchini Ribbons:
(serves 2-4)

1/2 lb fettucini
1 whole zucchini or 4 baby zucchini, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
5-6 slices pancetta, cut into ribbons (can use bacon)
Olive oil, salt and pepper as needed
1/3 c heavy cream
Parmesan cheese for grating

Directions:
Boil water for pasta, salt liberally. Cook pasta for 7-9 minutes (rather al dente as the pasta will continue to cook in the next step), drain well, reserving about 1/2 c pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat a saute pan with a small amount of olive oil, then cook pancetta until crisp and fat has rendered. Drain off excess fat, then saute garlic and zucchini just briefly before pouring cooked pasta over and tossing to mix all ingredients. Add pasta cooking water, salt and pepper to taste and continue to simmer until almost all water has evaporated. Add cream, toss to coat and continue to simmer on low until thickened slightly and creamy. Serve, topping with parmesan cheese.

12 comments:

Peabody said...

Merry Christmas Kristen.

Kevin said...

Nice looking pasta. Happy Holidays

Nora B. said...

Hi Kirsten,

Thanks for your New Year wishes. I hope that you had a lovely Christmas dinner and a wonderful start to 2008.

Nora

Greg said...

That's all I need for christmas dinner.

Chris said...

Looks like the perfect nibble! Happy holidays!

One Food Guy said...

That is some fine looking fettuccine. I like the zucchini ribbons, well done. Happy Holidays from One Food Guy

Terry B said...

I should SO not be reading this on an empty stomach. This sounds glorious. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday, Kirsten.

Deborah Dowd said...

Your fettucini looks delicious- since we are trying to lower carbd, I will just make enough zucchini ribbons to use instead of noodles (I have done this before for tuna casserole and it is very good!)

Patsyk said...

This looks so good, I am getting hungry just looking at the picture. I just discovered pancetta recently, and will have to give this a try sometime soon.

Great blog, and fantastic pictures!

Mama Sarah said...

Absolutely delicious! I made this for dinner last night, and my husband and I loved it. I will definitely be making it again.

sildenafil said...

My mother in law told me that this recipe is delicious, so my first reaction when I saw the recipe in this picture was awful, I'll have to taste my mother in law's recipe although I'll be aware you know because she's my mother in law.m10m

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