California Central Coast Recipes

Zucchini Blossoms with Spaghetti

If you're able to find some Zucchini Blossoms with their bright yellow flowers, this is a fantastic sauce to showcase them! The sauce is very unusual, makes a great presentation and is absolutely delicious.

The first time I made it, I served the sauce over spaghetti. But using Campanelle (flowers pasta) would be an interesting presentation as well.

If you have a few attached Baby Zucchini use a few of them too, and be sure to coarsely chop them as well. Using a few little zucchini gives it a nice look, texture and flavor. 2017, Zucchini Blossoms with Spaghetti
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
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24 Zucchini Blossoms , coarsely chopped
4 Tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup onion , chopped
1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper
4 eggs , beaten
1 cup whipping cream
4 cups lower salt chick broth
1/2 teaspoons saffron threads
1 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
Salt to taste
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

1 pound spaghetti or Campanelle pasta

Preparation Directions.

1 Wash the Zucchini blossoms gently under water. Blot them dry, then coarsely chop.

2 In a saucepan, heat the chicken broth over medium-low heat and add the saffron threads. Stir occasionally as it heats. Keep the broth hot but not boiling.

3 Add the olive oil to a large sauce pan and heat over medium-low. Add the onion and the chopped blossoms and saute until the onion and flowers are softened.

4 When the onion-blossoms are softened, add one fourth of the saffron-broth to the mixture and stir gently over medium heat. Add the red pepper, salt and pepper.

5 As the sauce starts to reduce, continue to add the saffron broth a half cup at a time, stirring the mixture often to evenly cook. You may not need to use all the broth. The saffron-mixture should look more like a sauce than a soup.

6 Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water until al dente or as directed on package.

7 While the pasta is cooking, prepare the eggs by placing the eggs into a small bowl, and beating them a few seconds to break up the yolks. Add the Parmesan cheese and cream and continue to beat a minute or so until the mixture is smooth and all the ingredients are well dispersed.

8 When the pasta is cooked, drain well and add the pasta to the pan containing the onion-blossom mixture. Toss to disburse evenly.

9 Add the egg mixture to the hot pasta-blossom mixture. Toss well and heat over very low heat to help the eggs thicken for two or three minutes.

10 Serve on individual dinner plates, adding a little Italian parsley for garnish.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve with a chardonnay wine.

A tip from Sue!

Get a Black Pepper Mill

There's nothing that substitutes for freshly cracked black pepper. You can find pepper mills in all price ranges. Just get one that looks like it will hold up well over continual use. Freshly cracked black pepper can really enhance the smell and final taste of a recipe!