Fried Leek+ Zucchini Matchsticks Pasta

Mamma mia…fried leeks con la pasta é molto bene. Who knew?

I thought I’d cooked pasta with every vegetable grown on the planet, but I must admit to having never cooked pasta with leeks; in fact, I don’t use leeks all that much. But the stars were aligned. I bought a bunch of leek for another recipe, I had a zucchini in the vegetable drawer and a brand new pasta from Italy that I was anxious to try. Not to mention, an always present yen for a pasta dinner.

A word about pasta. I haven’t attempted to make my own. I somehow just can’t see myself throwing flour all over the counter, making a well for eggs, somehow mixing it all up, passing it through some cockamamie machine, and hanging it out to dry…etc. I’m not ashamed to admit that I usually get mine in a box or a bag…and it’s usually Barilla or some other Italian brand that is available in my local supermarket.

Occasionally, when I have the opportunity and am at a specialty Italian market, I splurge and pick up a new shape just imported from Italy, like this “I Fusilli Napolitano” ($5.99).

To mimic the shape and length of the pasta, I cut the zucchini and leek into matchsticks. That’s when the light-bulb went off and I decided to fry them.

I tossed them in heavily seasoned flour and then fried them in vegetable oil.

The pasta sauce was already made. What pasta lover doesn’t have little containers of pre-made sauce in the freezer?

Finishing Touch: A couple of pieces of proscuitto roughly torn, freshly grated parmigiano reggiano and ground black pepper.

Va tutto bene!

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