Monday, May 25, 2009

Turn Up the Heat

Spicy Zucchini Spaghettini was one of my first meals in KL. It's not region specific or a major player in the Malay cuisine by any stretch of the imagination, but it's definitely tasty! As the temperatures rise, I'm craving no-nonsense, simple summery meals all the more.


Spicy Zucchini Spaghettini

spaghetti
zucchini, julienned
pine nuts
red chili flakes
feta cheese, crumbled
fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper
olive oil

Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini and cook about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add chili flakes to desired intensity, but don't leave this ingredient out because the heat makes this dish sing!

Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, reserving ¼ cup pasta water. Add pasta to skillet with zucchini and heat for 1 minute, adding some of the reserved pasta water if too dry. Remove from heat, add feta, pine nuts and fresh lemon juice. Toss to combine and serve immediately. If you're looking for more substance in this pasta, shrimp and garlic would be great additions as well.

13 comments:

Maggie May said...

It's the middle of the night and now I'm STARVING!

Debra said...

This looks very tasty! Will have to add this one t my list. Lucky you, to be trying all of the new and delicious foods of your region. Have fun!

Frau said...

Thanks for the recipe sounds yummy! Weird being out of the US during a holiday uh? Happy Memorial Day to you and yours.

Elizabeth said...

This sounds so yummy!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

This looks like the perfect, quick week night dinner. I will have to try it! Thanks.

Patty said...

I made this tonight! A new summer staple! Thank you! :)

Courtney said...

Patty: I'm so so excited you tried it and thrilled it's a new staple in your house! It's perfectly light and zingy.

simply seleta said...

This sounds sooooooo yummy. Thank you for sharing recipe!!!

Nicole said...

This looks so yummy! It's now on my list of things to make very, very soon!

amber {daisy chain} said...

oh yum! I think I need to make that for dinner tonight, or maybe even lunch...

Tia said...

This looks so yummy! As soon as I am off my lo-carb kick this recipe will be the first on my list!

TheBeautyFile said...

This is right up my alley!! Reminds me of these spicy noodles they serve at my favorite sushi restaurant. I always eat them really really fast and then down a glass of water to put out the fire in my mouth!

Susan said...

just made this recipe last night while searching for your posts about Perth (visiting in the near future...).. realized i had all the ingredients and went to town. ('cept i used tofu shiritaki noodles) - it was delish!