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Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni

Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni

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Creamy Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni

I feel like Taylor should be the one writing this post, as this one is his creation, I can take no credit whatsoever beyond taking the picture.

It was one of those nights where I was feeling kind of blah and when I’m feeling blah, all I really want to eat is plain pasta with butter and parmesan (you know, the powdered kind? Sometimes it’s exactly the comfort I crave).

Anyway, it was one of those nights, and while Taylor usually obliges my comfort food cravings, on this night in particular he was craving something a bit more… interesting than just plain pasta (I don’t blame him).

Fast forward 30 minutes later, as I’m sitting down to my beige plate of plain pasta piled with powdered cheese, and he sits down with.. this.

Needless to say I was a teensy bit jealous.

Creamy Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni with Pecorino

The pasta features loads of garlic, sweet red spring onions (which have a more delicate flavor than a fully developed red onion, sweeter and milder), tender early-season zucchini, and a pinch of red pepper for spice. Finish it off with a splash of half and half and a drift of grated pecorino (powdered parmesan’s more mature cousin) and you have yourselves one delicious dinnertime meal.

Creamy Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni - A perfect weeknight dinner recipe!

Don’t you wish your husband could cook like mine?

Creamy Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni

Spring Onion and Zucchini Rigatoni

Quick and easy to prepare with minimal ingredients, this lightly creamy pasta features sweet spring onions and buttery zucchini squash.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red spring onions (about 3 small onions, you can also substitute 1 medium red onion)
  • 3 medium zucchini, halved and thinly sliced (3 1/2 cups sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • grated pecorino cheese, for topping

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni and cook to just barely al dente, usually about 1 minute less than what the package says (it will finish cooking at the end).
  2. Meawhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes until translucent; add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes until zucchini is just tender; don’t overcook or you’ll end up with zucchini mush at the end.
  3. Drain pasta and add to skillet with zucchini and onion and toss to incorporate. Add half and half and stir until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide among serving bowls and top with a generous sprinkle of pecorino cheese as desired; serve warm.
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  1. Sometimes simple things can be so delicious. I’ll have to try this out.

  2. This is calling my name with all these delicious flavors! I could so go for a HUGE bowl of it right now!

  3. Perfect summer pasta dish. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most delicious.

  4. well dang. i would have swapped bowls (or at least casually reach my fork over) with him immediately! especially because i’m a sucker for anything savory with lots of onion and garlic.

  5. There is something absolutely magical about zucchini, pasta, and pecorino. Love this, will be trying this soon!

  6. I SO can’t wait to try this, wish I could eat it off the screen!!! I have loved the recipe. I have tried, and this one tops it all I’m sure!! I’m a huge pasta fan, and this fits the bill on all sides!!!! I’m so excited to make it!! going to the store! Must.make.this.now.

  7. SO summery!! Yum, and so pretty. :-) 

  8. Thanks for sorting out my dinner for tonight! Just brought in the first baby zucchini today :)

  9. Thanks for this recipe! Will it work with white spring onion?

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