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pasta, authentic italian, creme fraiche, pasta and vegetables, 30 minute meals

Paccheri Pasta with Zucchini, Fresh Tomatoes, and Creme Fraiche

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Cuisine: Italian/ French

Description

Easy 30 minute meal packed with herbs, veggies, and creamy creme fraiche. A meal you can feel good about eating any day of the week!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound (454 g) Paccheri pasta or other short pasta of choice
  • 3 cups of cubed zucchini
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 18 0z container of creme fraiche (Bellwether Farms or Vermont Creamery)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese 
  • 3 cloves garlic, cut in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped (a little extra for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh tomatoes, diced
  • salt for seasoning and adding to pasta water

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauce pan to medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion and garlic to the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the zucchini and herbs to the pan. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly brown. Turn off heat and stir in fresh tomatoes and season with salt. Set aside.
  3.  Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt water generously. Add pasta and cook until package direction “al dente”. Reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta. Start by adding half of the water in the sauce pan with the zucchini and tomatoes.
  4. Add the creme fraiche to the pan with the cooked zucchini and tomatoes. Stir until creamy sauce forms. If needed, add the rest of the pasta water. 
  5. Drain pasta and add to the large sauce pan with creamy sauce, zucchini, tomatoes, and herbs. Add parmigiano. Stir until incorporated and pasta is evenly coated with the sauce.
  6. Serve immediately! Great as leftovers. 

Notes

Enjoy hot with a side of delicious crusty bread! Mangia! Mangia!

Keywords: pasta, zucchini, tomatoes, creme fraiche, 30 minute meal, vegetarian meal, pasta dinner