Minted out

I don't remember the last time I had this much mint. I can't remember the last time I bought mint. Oh technically I didn't purposely buy mint, it came in my veggie box. (I think of it as a veggie box even though it also contains a substantial amount of fruit.)

With every veggie delivery you get a nice little notice (printed on recycled paper) that says what's in that week's boxes, notice of various events and promotions, and very appropriately, a recipe. I actually tried this weeks recipe. Guess what? It used the mint. ;)

Linguine with Zucchini and Mint

1 lb zucchini
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 lb dried linguine
2/3 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 tbs finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Slice zucchini very thinly with a slicer (if you have a mandoline use it).
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry zucchini in 3 batches, stirring occasionally, until softened and very pale golden, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Transfer as fried with a slotted spoon to a baking pan lined with paper towels to drain. Keep zucchini warm, covered in foil.
Add garlic to oil in skillet and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until very pale golden, about 30 seconds. Remove skillet from heat.
Cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta into a colander and transfer to a large shallow bowl.
Toss pasta with garlic oil, zucchini, mint, zest, salt and pepper. Add some of the reserved paste water to moisten if necessary.
Makes 2 main course servings.

banana.gif Monkey Notes: I used spaghetti instead of linguine cause that's what I had and I was to lazy/hungry to go to the grocery store. Since I was wasn't planning to use the lemon in the next day or so I juiced it and added it to the mix as well. I do not think this will make good leftovers so if you aren't going to eat both servings, cut it in half. I didn't have a full half pound of pasta so I made it more or less as is (you all know I don't tend to measure right when cooking right) and just ate it all (I accidentally skipped lunch so I was hungry). It was about 1.5 servings. On my second serving I added some Parmesan I thought it was quite tasty.

It's a nice summer dish. Very fresh tasting. I think I o.d.'ed on mint though. The next time I get mint in a box I'm making mint juleps. ;)