Summer Bucatini Pasta, Ricotta, Basil and Zucchini

Summer Bucatini Pasta, Ricotta, Basil and Zucchini
Chef Stuart O'Keeffe is making a tasty pasta dish that will be perfect to serve for summertime.
Summer Bucatini Pasta, Ricotta, Basil and Zucchini
Lunch, Dinner, Main
Seasonal Event:
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 pounds zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces (for larger zucchini, cut in half lengthwise before slicing)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups basil, loose leaves (stems removed)
  • 1 pound bucatini or other dry pasta
  • 8 ounces ricotta (good quality)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 ounces grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onions in 3 tablespoons olive oil until softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add zucchini, season generously with salt and pepper, cook for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat.
  3. Use a mortar and pestle to pound garlic, basil and a little salt into a rough paste (or use a mini food processor). Stir in 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons salt to the water. Cook pasta according to packaging instructions to bring to Al dente. Keep 1 cup of liquid.
  5. Add cooked pasta to the zucchini skillet and turn heat to medium. Add 1/2 cup cooking water, then the ricotta, crushed red pepper and lemon zest, stirring to combine well. Cook for about 1 minute more.
  6. Add the basil paste and half the grated cheese and quickly stir. Spoon pasta into warm bowls and sprinkle with more parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve.