This 16 minute linguine pasta is delicious, yet easy on your waistline.
A drizzle of grated bottarga infused the whole plate with a mild sea flavor.
Never heard of bottarga before? Short to speak it’s salt-cured fish roe. But honestly, it’s so much more than that! Once you try it’ll become your new obsession.
Discover What Is Bottarga & How To Use It
And it comes as a perfect pairing for sweet cherry tomatoes and lightly sauteed baby zucchini.
During the summer time you can come across baby zucchini pretty often.
And they usually come with blossoms still attached to them. We’ll be using those as well!
But you can use a regular zucchini with no harm to the recipe 🙂
Light and briny this is a simple yet special treat.
Linguine with Baby Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes & Bottarga
- 6 oz linguine pasta
- 6 cherry tomatoes ,cut in half
- 3 baby zucchini or 1 regular zucchini
- 1 tbsp bottarga cured dried mullet or tuna roe
- 2 garlic cloves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch peperoncino (optional)
- 1 tbsp chives for garnishing
- Put water for pasta to boil. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.
- Wash, dry and cut baby zucchini approx ¼ inch lengthwise and then into thin strips.
- If you zucchini have flowers attached to them, use those as well. Cut off the flower from zucchini, then cut off about ½ inch into the flower. This way it’ll be easier to remove the stamen. It will simply fall out from the cut side of the flower.
Cut zucchini blossoms in strips as well.
- In a large skillet pan add a few tablespoons of olive oil and garlic clove crushed with a flat knife. Stir for two minutes until olive oil is well infused with garlic. Be careful not to burn the garlic as it’ll give a bitter taste to the sauce.
- Add zucchini strips. Let them sizzle for a few minutes. Add cherry tomatoes cut in half.
If you have any zucchini blossoms, add them at the very end, once cherry tomatoes have softened.
- By this time your linguine should be cooked perfectly ‘al dente’. Drain them and save some pasta cooking liquid.
- Toss everything around in the skillet for a mere minute to get pasta flavored with zucchini sauce. Add grated bottarga fish roe.
If linguine start to feel a bit dry add a few drops of olive oil and some cooking liquid from pasta.
- Garnish with dry or fresh chopped chives and a few pinches of remaining bottarga. Serve immediately.
If you appreciate bottarga, make sure to try these super-simple but incredibly flavorful Spaghetti alla Bottarga. It’s one of my ALL time favorite go-to pasta recipes.
Dig in! 🙂