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Pennette with Summer Squash and Ricotta

Mario Batali (courtesy of Molto Gusto)
Servings: 6
1 to 30 min

Fresh ricotta and summer squash make this pasta dish delectable!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Pennette with Summer Squash and Ricotta
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus extra for serving)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 pound summer squash or zucchini (or a combination) cut lengthwise in half and sliced into 1⁄3-inch-thick half-moons
  • Maldon or other flaky sea salt
  • 1 pound pennette rigate
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 3 tablespoons kosher salt.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the ricotta and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil together in a small bowl.
  • Add the Parmigiano, whisking until it is evenly incorporated.
  • Whisk in 2 tablespoons warm water, then whisk in another tablespoon of water if necessary to loosen the consistency.
  • Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the squash and cook, stirring, until just tender and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Season well with Maldon salt and remove from the heat.
  • Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook until just al dente.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving 1⁄3 cup of the pasta water.
  • Add the pasta and the reserved pasta water to the squash, stirring and tossing over medium heat to mix well.
  • Cover, reduce the heat to low, and allow to steam together for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the mint, season with Maldon salt if necessary and with pepper, and transfer the pasta to a serving bowl.
  • Garnish with dollops of the whipped ricotta and serve immediately, with additional grated Parmigiano on the side.
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