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Garganelli With Zucchini and Grana Padano

Contributed by: NAPSA

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Garganelli With Zucchini and Grana Padano
Produced in the northern region of Italy for the past 1,000 years, Grana Padano has a sweet, delicate flavor and rich, grainy texture. It is versatile enough to be enjoyed many ways-as a flavorful accompaniment to wine or fruit, crumbled in pieces alongside a stew, shaved over salads, grated over soup, pasta or risotto, or simply, on its own.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. garganelli pasta
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound diced zucchini
  • 1 slice (1 to 3 oz.) Prosciutto di San Daniele
  • Pinch sweet paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Chopped parsley
  • Grated Grana Padano cheese

Directions:

Boil garganelli in salt water according to package directions.

Saute garlic and onion with olive oil in large skillet.

Add zucchini, prosciutto, paprika, salt and vegetable broth. Cook gently on medium heat.

Drain pasta when al dente. Add to zucchini mixture. Saute on high heat and blend well.

Garnish pasta with sprinkling of parsley and Grana Padano.

Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings


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