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My favorite part of this pasta is the lightly sauteed zucchini blossoms against the smoky bits of semi-melty gouda. I love how the gouda begins to melt, but maintains some texture. This pasta can also be served cold or hot, meaning it’s wonderful to eat as leftovers…even with a little lemon zest on top. Yum! I actually just got back from a weekend in Palm Springs for a friend’s bachelorette party and was SUPER excited to see a big container of this pasta sitting in the fridge when I got home. I immediately devoured it and took a power nap; it was a pretty lovely recovery Sunday with this pasta totally hitting the spot!

Okay, if you can’t get a hold of zucchini blossoms, you can totally add a bit of grated and drained zucchini to the mix instead…or for a more autumnal feel, you can add a bit of diced and sauteed butternut or acorn squash, instead. Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Zucchini Blossom and Smoked Gouda Pasta
Serves 4

Ingredients:
1/2 lb. angel hair pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic clove, thinly sliced
10 zucchini blossoms, quartered lengthwise or roughly chopped
2 teaspoons minced thyme
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 ounces smoked gouda, cut into small (1/8”) cubes
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a small handful of salt and add pasta. Boil pasta, stirring frequently, until pasta has cooked through completely, about 4 to 6 minutes.
2. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
3. In a large skillet melt oil and butter over medium heat and add shallot and garlic. Lightly fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in zucchini blossoms. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add pasta, season with salt and pepper and toss together.
5. Add the thyme, tomatoes and smoked gouda and gently toss together. Adjust seasoning and remove from heat. (Gouda should begin to melt, but still maintain a slight texture) Serve.

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    SQUEE!! I am totally crushing on zucchini blossoms right now! Love this!

  3. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Not Specified Not Specified

    Love zucchini blossoms, and love that you turned them into a pasta!! This looks beautiful, and I LOVE the gouda. :)

  4. Samantha @FerraroKitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    Love smoked gouda and squash blossoms! Over the summer I made the traditional stuffed ones and the only place I found them at was at mexican markets! Farmer vendors didnt have any…or so they said lol

  5. Sydney @ Crepes of Wrath Not Specified Not Specified

    I am sick as a damn dog right now and this pasta sounds amazing, especially with the gouda. I’m too exhausted to cook but now I think I’m going to have to order in some pasta now. Thanks! :)

  6. Amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    I think it would be really good with butternut squash. Yum!

  7. Annie @ ciaochowbambina Not Specified Not Specified

    You know, I love the idea of combining smoked gouda with zucchini blossoms…this sounds amazing!! Nice job!!

  8. Kelly Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never cooked with zucchini blossoms, but now I need too. I love smoked gouda- so yummy. Great flavors!

  9. The Blonde Chef Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m curious, how is cooking with squash blossoms? I always think they look incredible,but must admit to being a bit intimidated. Any tips?