Mezze Maniche alla Gricia con La Crema di Zucca

By katieparla
September 10, 2018
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Serves: 4 to 6
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 ounces guanciale, cut into 1 1/2 x 1/2-inch strips
  • Cored insides of 6 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 1 pound rigatoni, mezze maniche, paccheri, or other tubular pasta
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the guanciale and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the zucchini, season with salt, and cook until the zucchini is softened and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Salt the water. When the salt has dissolved, add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  3. Add a ladle of the pasta cooking water to the skillet with the zucchini and bring to a simmer. When the pasta is very al dente, drain, reserving the cooking water. Add the pasta and another ladle of its cooking water to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring vigorously, until a thick sauce forms, adding more water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and, add 3/4 cup of the Pecorino Romano, and mix thoroughly. Season to taste.
  5. Plate and sprinkle each portion with some of the remaining Pecorino Romano and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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