Fresh vegetables and Arugula and Walnut Pesto
add great flavor to this pasta dish.
Servings: Makes 4 servings
Ingredients 1/2 pound orecchiette pasta3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 1/2 medium zucchini , trimmed1 pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes1/2 cup arugula and walnut pesto1/3 cup fresh ricotta cheese1 teaspoon grated lemon zest1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook orecchiette according to package directions. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl; toss with 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil.
Meanwhile, cut zucchini in half lengthwise and then in half again to form spears. Slice crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat remaining olive oil. Add zucchini and cook 4 minutes or until just soft, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to medium low. Stir in orecchiette, pesto, ricotta, lemon zest, salt, and pepper until combined. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan; serve immediately.