Spaghetti Alla Nerana (Nerana Style Spaghetti with zucchini)

Spaghetti Alla Nerana (Nerana Style Spaghetti with zucchini)

Spaghetti Alla Nerana (Nerana Style Spaghetti with Zucchini)

Beautiful recipe from the TV series 'Cook like an Italian' by Essteele's ambassador Silvia Colloca.

Serves 4


  • 75 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 kg zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, skin on, bashed with the back of a knife
  • salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400 g dried spaghetti
  • 175 g provolone, cut into cubes
  • 40 g freshly grated parmigiano
  • basil leaves, to serve


  1. Heat 2 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the zucchini and garlic and fry for 5-6 minutes or until nicely coloured. Season with salt and set aside. Discard the garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Drop in the spaghetti and stir well to separate the strands. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente (generally 1 minute less than the cooking time recommended on the packet).
  3. When the pasta is ready, place the zucchini in the pan over medium heat. Using a spaghetti spoon, transfer the spaghetti straight into the zucchini pan, dragging a little of the cooking water with it, then toss well.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the provolone. Stir vigorously to allow the residual heat from the pan to melt the cheese and create a luscious sauce. Add the parmigiano and keep stirring until all the cheese has melted and the zucchini has broken down in the pan, creating a beautiful creaminess.
  5. Divide among bowls and serve straight away with a good grinding of pepper and a few basil leaves.
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