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Nancy Verde Barr's Grated Zucchini Sauce

Sugo di Zucchini Grattato

MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS SAUCE

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 large cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound zucchini, washed, ends trimmed and grated

1/4 cup dry white wine or 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup whole small basil leaves

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions

Heat the butter and oil in a 12-to-14-inch sauté pan and stir in the garlic, onion, celery and carrot. Season with salt and pepper and cook gently until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Stir in the zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until tender and wilted, 7 to 8 minutes. Pour in the wine or lemon juice and reduce by half.

Toss the basil leaves into the pan with hot, drained pasta and serve with grated cheese.

Note: This sauce is excellent with cavatelli.

This recipe is featured on show 1622 - Cavatelli!

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