Monday, October 6, 2008

Spaghetti with Zucchini Blossoms

Pin It I looked in the market for zucchini blossoms all summer long, didn't find it. Now that it's already fall, I see a basket full of them! It doesn't matter, they are always welcome in my kitchen. I've never really seen them with the zucchini still attached to it (as I see in some pictures), every time I see the blossoms they have already been separated from the vegetable.
Most of the time when I see a recipe for zucchini flowers they are deep fried. I didn't want to do that. I think they are too delicate for that. So I decided to pair it with some good old spaghetti. It was really good. Here is how I did it:

Spaghetti with Zucchini Blossoms Recipe:

You will need:
Zucchini Blossoms (as many as you like)
Zucchini ( I used one small for one portion)
Chopped onion (about 1/4 of an onion for 1 portion)
Olive oil

Gently clean the flowers with a soft paper towel and remove the insides (the part that contains the pollen). Cut off the bottom and make a cut along the flower, so you can open . If you see a lot of pollen still in the insides, you can clean it with the paper as well. Cut in strips, not too small, it will wilt later.
With a vegetable peeler, make ribbons from a small zucchini.
Cook chopped onions in olive oil until clear, add zucchini ribbons and flowers. Season with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes over medium-low heat.
Add cooked and drained pasta to the pan and gently toss to combine. Top it with Parmesan shavings.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

YUM!! Love the vibrance of the dish.

Anonymous said...

i have always wanted to make zucchini blossoms but never really knew what to do with them!

this looks so great!

Lori said...

Hi! Just found your blog through Closet Cooking and saw that you mentioned Brazil.

I'm a US expat living in Maringa-PR. I love your blog. I hope to catch up on it more soon. That vegetable sandwich looks amazing!

Unknown said...

brilliant colors! i havent tried zucchini blossoms before...i wonder if they are available in hongkong. maybe only in fancy schmancy supermarkets :)

hey...use your appliances least they feel "useful"...mine are depressed from feeling useless hehe

Precious Pea said...

I have never heard of zucchini blossoms before. One thing for sure, since zucchini a rare find over here in Malaysia, tough chance i will ever find the blossoms. Maybe I can try planting my own, if weather permit. Thanks...i learn something new today :)

Rita said...

VeggieGirl - Thanks! It's a nice dish

Tasty Trends - there is so much to do w these babies! I will soon post another recipe using the blossoms.

Lori - Maringa??? I am from Londrina. What are the chances!

Rita - I am not sure you will fond them in HK... I never saw them back in Brazil either. That's the beauty of traveling.

precious pea - I can't believe you guys don't have zucchinis there! Well, I guess you probably have a bunch of veggies and fruits that I never heard of either.

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