Try taking the pasta away from the Italians and I am sure you will live to regret it! Luckily there are so many healthy options being grown and produced in Italy that are a great alternativ to the refined white, wheat based pasta.
These products are being exported all around the globe and I can even buy some of them back home in my country of Norway at my local heath food store. So today I have a great vegeterian, healthy pasta dish for you!
I am a carbohydrate loving girl, but unfortunately my weight nor my blood sugar feels the same love, and being in Italy for a month with “Project Healthy in Italy” (read about it here) doesn’t exactly make it easier for me to stay away…
But luckily there are so many healthier alternatives to the white, processed wheat pasta at every corner. Italians are actually large producers of the healthy ancient grain spelt, and i love it! My body digests this so much better and the taste is fantastic.
So todays recipe is made with organic whole grain spelt orecchiette ( a type of pasta from Tuscany that looks like ears) and local produce that I bought at the market today.
Italy is famed for its’ zucchini vegetables and come in all shapes and sizes, so I simply had to make something with these beautiful and healthy vegetables. This recipe is vegeterian and vegan if you leave out the parmesan.
Spelt Orecchiette with Summer Zucchini and Parmesan
- Whole grain spelt pasta. (It does not have to be orecchiettie)
- One green zucchini
- 1 clove of garlic
- Parmesan ( Real Reggiano parmiggano and not the fake kind!)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh basil
- White beans, fresh or canned (optional)
How to: Cook the pasta as advised on the pack. In a pan, fry the chopped garlic with finely sliced zucchini. Add salt and pepper and fry until golden. Mix with the cooked pasta and add more olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Add parmesan and fresh basil. If you have beans (like I added in my dish because they we so beautiful), you can cook them with the pasta if fresh, or add to the zucchini mixture before adding to the pasta.