March 29, 2011

For the Love of Basil

My hubby's favorite herb is basil.  The kids and I started a garden as part of our home-school science last year and we grew basil.  Lot's of basil!  I am really looking forward to planting our garden this Spring.  Basil will definitely make another appearance.  We placed the garden right by the patio and  I love how you can smell it when the wind blows through it.  I love cooking with it and the smell that lingers around my kitchen.  This recipe called for 1/2 cup of torn basil!  Hallelujah!

Fried-Zucchini Spaghetti

Yields 4 servings

1 pounds small zucchini, very thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound spaghetti
1 cup shredded Parmiiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
1/2 cup torn basil
Freshly ground pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving

In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with the flour and a pinch of salt.  In a very large skillet, heat half of the oil until shimmering.  Add half of the zucchini and fry over high heat, turning once or twice, until browned and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon remove them to a wire rack lined with paper towel.  Repeat with the remaining zucchini and oil.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.  Return the pasta to the pot and toss with 1 cup of cheese, the basil and a generous pinch of pepper.  Add the reserved pasta water a little at a time, tossing well to coat.  Transfer the pasta to a bowl and top with the crispy zucchini.  Serve right away with lemon wedges and additional cheese.

Source: Food and Wine

"A man taking basil from a woman will love her always."
Sir Thomas Moore 

~ Enjoy!


  1. Anonymous29.3.11

    I love how yummy that looks :)

  2. I'm on for any recipe that calls for 1/2 cup of torn basil. I have some on my windowsill right now. Edible photos!

  3. Hi Dee! I REALLY TRUELY appreciate basil dish. Since I cook Japanese food almost everyday (maybe 5 days a week?), I actually don't know many basil dish. =P This one is easy for me and I have to keep it in my basil file! I am interested in your homeschooling - did you write about that in your website in the past? If so I'll have to take a look!

  4. By the way, I like your Origami picture of Contact Me. Is this your house and you made all that? Beautiful!

  5. Thank you, Nami! No, I did not make those origami birds. I found the picture and I just thought they were beautiful. I don't remember where I got it, it was so long ago. I'll send you some of my info on homeschooling. I do have it here on my blog.

  6. Mmmm - this is good eats, spaghetti with zucchini. Lunch or dinner it's perfect!

    I'm looking forward to planting new basil this year too. I've been looking for the Genovese variety, but seems to be hard to find - even the seeds.

  7. Dee, this really looks and sounds delicious. You've created a lovely spot for your readers to visit. I always enjoy my visits here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Thanks Cristina! I found Genovese seeds on Amazon Gotta love Amazon!

    Mary, thank you so much for stopping by! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit at Deelicious Sweets :)

  9. Anonymous31.3.11

    Dee that looks list of recipes to try from your blog is growing everyday!

  10. Thanks Food Doctor :)


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