Penne Puttanesca

TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 18 min
Cook: 12 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 pound young zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick, into 1/2 moons
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced paper thin
  • 12 large leaves basil, torn in 1/2
  • 1 pound can tomatoes, roughly chopped, retaining seeds and liquid
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt packed giant capers, rinsed of salt and drained
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Directions

In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, garlic, basil, tomatoes, olive oil, capers, olives, lemon juice, salt. Allow to stand in cool place for 1/2 hour.

Meanwhile, bring 6 quarts water to boil in spaghetti pot and add 2 tablespoons salt. Drop the penne in the pot and cook according to the package instructions until "al dente", about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander and add the pasta to the cool vegetables in the mixing bowl. Toss in chili flakes more basil and cracked black pepper. Stir gently to mix well and serve immediately.

Note: this dish is not served hot.

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  • on May 12, 2011

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    This is such a simple meal to make. It is great for a busy weeknight. It is wonderful for a buffet dish as well. It is great warm, room temp, or cold.

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