It is no secret that I love zucchini.
Same goes with a hearty, easy-to-make pasta dish.
I make this when strapped for time, or energy.
Add or remove ingredient quantities to suit how many people are eating, or as preferred.
Each packet of sauce contains quantity of milk and butter (or margarine) to use on the back.
You can also use a jar of sauce instead, such as PC Alfredo sauce, if preferred.
Any type of pasta works well in this dish.
McCormick Alfredo Sauce
Butter or Margarine
Your Choice Pasta
1. Prepare water to cook pasta
2. Dice zucchini into medallions and fry until brown on both sides, then set aside
3. Bring salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions
4. Put sauce packet, milk and butter or margarine in a small pot to prepare
5. Sauce takes about 10-15 minutes, so start it when pasta has that much time left to cook
6. Dice zucchini medallions and fry before setting aside
7. When sauce is done, add in fried zucchini and stir gently
8. Portion pasta, topping with generous amount of sauce and zucchini
9. Top with parmesan cheese if preferred
If making a thin pasta such as angel hair, start the sauce right away, since it only takes about 2-3 minutes to boil the thinner strands of pasta.
If using a jar of alfredo sauce, put on low heat and simmer while waiting for pasta water to boil, but be sure to remove from heat when hot, as alfredo can burn quicker than marinara sauces.
I typically use 2 packets of McCormick sauce packets to serve 2-4 people, and add-in 1-2 zucchinis, as a guide.
McCormick Alfredo Sauce makes this dish taste almost as good as any chain-style Italian restaurant, for only a fraction of the cost.
You can also add a different veggie if preferred, just be sure to char or fry it before adding to the sauce.
Mushrooms, sautéed spinach, roasted red pepper or tomatoes would make for a delicious alternative.
When boiling pasta water, I go by the saying “salty like the sea,” for the best result.
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