Sunday, August 30, 2009

Baked Penne with Zucchini, Corn, and Basil

Today the movers come and pack up what is remaining at our house. It isn't much... a few toys, some clothes that won't be coming with us on the plane, and the rest of my kitchen. For 3 weeks we have been living in a pretty empty house and, while I am not looking forward to moving, I am glad that we are finally getting closer to it. 2 kids in an empty house all day is not exactly the best thing. We are all going stir crazy and I think we are ready to clear out of the house.

We will be moving to a hotel in a couple of days and then we will be flying to Phoenix on September 7. We are going to visit family and take a trip to Disneyland before finally heading to El Paso, Texas - our new home for at least 2 years. I am not ready to say goodbye to Germany after 7 years, but it is getting closer to that time. YIKES!

Anyway.... I saw this recipe on Nancy's blog, The Dogs Eat The Crumbs, and knew that I would have to make it ASAP. It was so good and we all loved it. I will definately be making it again soon!

Baked Penne with Zucchini, Corn, and Basil
Recipe from Williams-Sonoma, found on The Dogs Eat The Crumbs

Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 lb. penne
6 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed
Kernels cut from 2 ears of corn
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 zucchini, about 2 lb. total, cut into half-moons
1/2 yellow onion, diced
4 tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 Tbs. sliced garlic
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Preheat an oven to 400ºF.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the water, add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold running water. Set aside. In a 12-inch nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the corn, season with salt and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn is lightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and warm the remaining 3 Tbs. olive oil. Working in batches, add the zucchini, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add to the bowl with the corn. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Set the pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, 1 tsp. salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and begin to form a sauce, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook until the wine has reduced and the sauce is fairly thick, about 3 minutes more.

Add the pasta, tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano to the bowl with the vegetables and stir to combine. Transfer to the fry pan and sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Serves 8.


teresa said...

best of luck to you on the move. my husband is from texas, it's a nice place to live! the pasta looks so healthy and delicious!

pinkstripes said...

YUM! It looks delicious. Good luck with your move and settling in to your new place. Have a blast at Disneyland!

Megan said...

Wow - 7 years in Germany? That's a long time. Obviously both of your children were born there.

How neat that you are moving back to the States - it certainly will be a big change.

Have a great time at Disneyland!

Hanaâ said...

That looks creamy and delicious. Such good use of abundant zucchini and corn this time of year.

Eliana said...

This dish makes a great well-rounded meal.

Katy ~ said...

A one dish meal full of local harvest. Love the addition of wine. I'm going to save this one. Ole Sweetie-Pi will pick out the zucchini (sigh) but I think he'd enjoy the rest.

Wishing you blue skies and happy landings.

Good to have you home.

TeaLady said...

I know how hard it is to leave a home after a few years. good luck with your move.'

The pasta dish looks great. Nancy finds such great dishes.

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