Pantry staples plus fresh garden produce make eating and cooking at this time of year a joyous activity for me, I love it!! I adore the abundance that results from the garden at this time of year. Our food expenses drop as I only visit the store for milk and a few other bits and pieces. This is the type of dinner that results. An easy to prepare dinner that is simply fresh and tasty.
The garden has been producing a lovely stream of zucchini (courgette). I am keen to enjoy the last of the produce before the cold weather sets in and everything slows to a trickle.
I made this pasta at the end of the day that I cooked up 12 kilos of tomatoes into passata. I couldn’t wait to taste the richness of the gloriously red tomato sauce. The passata was immediately on the menu, I left a bottle in a jug ready to add the zucchini and fresh basil from the garden. The pasta with this dish was fabulous as the folds held secret bonus bits of the sauce.
- drizzle of oil
- 3 cloves garlic - chopped finely
- 1 onion - chopped finely
- 400 grams chicken mince
- ½ cup white wine
- 600ml passata
- 1 zucchini - peeled, sliced into rounds and grilled on a griddle pan
- fresh basil leaves
- generous pinch salt
- 400 grams dried pasta of choice
- freshly sliced parmesan to serve
- To a warm pan add the oil and then the onion and garlic and cook on a medium heat for a few minutes until the onion starts to soften
- Add the chicken to brown
- Add the wine and simmer on high heat until the wine has reduced by half
- Add the passata and reduce heat to a low simmer - simmer for 20 minutes covered
- Set a saucepan of water to boil to cook the pasta
- Add the pasta to cook (according to instruction time - It should be timed to be ready at the same time as the chicken is cooked)
- Add the zucchini to warm in the last few minutes and stir to distribute
- Turn off the heat on the sauce when it is ready
- Drain the water from the pasta and add it to the pot with the sauce and stir to coat
- Add the fresh basil leaves and stir again
- Serve with fresh parmesan
We are an unashamed pasta loving family. I do believe (wishfully hope) that there must be some Italian blood somewhere in my ancestry…. I could eat it every day.
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