Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
I saw Jamie make this on his show and it looked so good and I happened to have green and yellow squash ready to be used. It took me a little longer to make since I had not made it before but none of the steps are difficult at all. Just a matter of getting myself organized. It turned out delicious and very filling. I will be making this one again. I think next time I will cut back on the oil and drain the bacon a little better. It was yummy rich but I think it would still be great cutting back on some of the oil and fat. I did not have penne so I used bow tie pasta that I had in the pantry.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground pepper
- 6 medium zucchini
- 1 lb penne
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 slices pancetta or 12 slices lean bacon, thick slices cut into chunky pieces
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped
- Put a large pan of salted water on to boil.
- Slice the zucchini at an angle into pieces roughly the same size and shape as the penne.
- Put the egg yolks into a bowl, add the cream and half the Parmesan, and mix together with a fork. Season lightly with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat a very large frying pan (a 14-inch is a good start), add a good splash of olive oil and fry the pancetta or bacon until dark brown and crisp.
- Your water will now be boiling, so add the penne to the pan with the salted water and cook according to the package instructions.
- Add the zucchini slices and 2 big pinches of black pepper to the skillet with the bacon or pancetta, not just to season but to give it a bit of a kick. Sprinkle in the thyme leaves, give everything a stir, so the zucchini is coated with all the lovely bacon-flavored oil, and fry until they start to turn lightly golden and have softened slightly.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving a little of the cooking water. Immediately, toss the pasta in the pan with the zucchini, bacon and lovely flavors, then remove from the heat and add a ladleful of the reserved cooking water and your creamy sauce. Stir together quickly. (No more cooking now, otherwise you'll scramble the eggs.).
- While you're tossing the pasta and sauce, sprinkle in the rest of the Parmesan and a little more of the cooking water if needed, to give you a silky and shiny sauce. Taste quickly for seasoning.
Very tasty and really easy. I used light sour cream instead of heavy cream, and made only half the recipe. The only thing i found was that it wanted more salt. Otherwise this is a keeper.