Hand-twisted noodles called pinci (also known as pici) are a Tuscan delicacy. Luckily for time-pressed cooks, curly pasta noodles work too.
- 8 oz. fusilli or rotini pasta
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed
- 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 3 medium-sized zucchini (about 1/2 lb. total), trimmed and julienned
- 2 large red bell peppers, julienned
- 1/4 cup finely chopped basil
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
- 1 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil; add green beans and parboil 3 minutes. Transfer beans to colander and rinse under cold running water to stop cooking.
- Heat 2 Tbs. oil in very large skillet over medium heat. Add green beans, onion, garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook, covered, 3 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers, basil and oregano, and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until vegetables are just al dente; do not overcook. Season with salt to taste.
- Warm remaining 1 Tbs. oil in second skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and sauté until golden, about 5 minutes.
- Add drained pasta to vegetables and toss to blend; sprinkle with breadcrumbs, cheese and olive oil, and serve.
- Serving Size: Serves 6
- Calories: 423
- Carbohydrate Content: 52 g
- Cholesterol Content: 4 mg
- Fat Content: 19 g
- Fiber Content: 6 g
- Protein Content: 12 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
- Sodium Content: 314 mg
- Sugar Content: 7 g