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Fettuccine with Squash and Mint

Fettuccine with Squash and Mint
Teresa Blackburn
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  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

4tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2pounds summer squash (zucchini works well too), cut into julienned strips
1 1/2pints cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
1cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1pound fettuccine
1/2teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1cup ricotta salata, shaved or cut into thin batons

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot or saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add squash and sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cherry tomatoes and mint. Cook for another couple of minutes and remove from heat.
  2. Bring lightly salted water to a rolling boil in a large pan. Add fettuccine and cook according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
  3. Toss pasta into the pot with the vegetables. Add salt, black pepper and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Add reserved pasta cooking liquid, tossing and folding, so that the squash strips become entwined with the pasta ribbons. Sprinkle in the ricotta salata as you fold.