Sophia said many times that she owed her figure to pasta, that’s fine by me!
Sophia Loren’s Tagliatelle con Zucchini
2 pounds young, thin zucchini
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano and pecorino cheeses, combined
Freshly ground pepper
1 and 1/2 pounds fresh tagliatelle or spaghetti
8 to 10 large basil leaves, cut into shreds
Cut the zucchini into 1/2-inch rounds. Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the zucchini slices and fry until they are golden brown on both sides, add more oil as needed. As they cook, place the zucchini slices on paper towels to drain.
Cook the pasta until just al dente, drain, and place in a serving bowl. Add the zucchini, cheeses, salt and pepper to taste, and some of the oil from the pan, and toss well. Sprinkle individual servings with the basil.
Let me know if you make Sophia’s pasta dish, and send pix!