2013-03-21 / Lifestyles

Recipes Made Easy

PASTA WITH ZUCCHINI, TOMATOES, BACON AND FETA

3/4 pound cavatappi or some other short pasta
4 slices bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound), halved and thinly sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes
4 ounces Feta, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes; let cool, then break into pieces. Add the oil, zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the drippings in the skillet and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the zucchini, tomatoes, and cooking water to the pasta and cook over medium heat, tossing, until the tomatoes soften slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Feta and bacon and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with the basil.

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