July 15 2021

Paccheri pasta with julienned courgettes, mint and sheep's milk cheese

Summer

A fresh and easy-to-make 
summer pasta dish.

The sweetness of the courgettes pairs well with the salty cheese and aromatic freshness of the mint, making this a very tasty and sustainable dish.

Recipe created by the Human Nutrition Unit - Dept. of Food and Drug, University of Parma based on an idea from Dr and chef Giuseppe Di Pede.

Serves four

  • Paccheri pasta 320 g
  • 4 medium sized courgettes
  • 1 glass (200 ml) of vegetable broth
  • One glass (200 ml) of white wine
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves
  • 100 g grated Pecorino Romano sheep milk cheese
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (20 g)
  • Grated fresh mint leaves to taste 
  • Fine salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


Nutritional information
Per serving: 417 Kcal

Environmental Impact

Per serving: 
479 grams CO2 equivalence - carbon footprint
392 litres - water footprint

This recipe’s environmental sustainability level is: Good.

To eat sustainably at each meal, our advice is to keep within 1000 grams of CO2 equivalence (carbon footprint) and 1000 litres of virtual water (water footprint). Remember that animal protein (meat, cheese, fish and eggs) have a greater impact than grains, beans, pulses and vegetables. Vegetable sides generally have a low environmental impact, equivalent to around 100 grams of CO2, including dressing.


Method

Peel the garlic cloves and sauté them in a little extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan.

Add the washed, topped and tailed, and julienned courgettes and cook them for a few minutes on a medium-high heat. 

Pour in the white wine

Add the vegetable broth and cook for a further ten minutes. Season to taste and set aside.

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water, drain and add it to the pan with the cooked courgettes, adding the sheep milk cheese and the mint leaves. 

Leave to flavour and serve hot.


The Chef’s Advice

Pecorino Romano DOP is a hard, cooked curd cheese made with fresh, whole milk sheep's milk. Use the minimum 5-month aged variety for a sweet and delicate flavour. It goes perfectly with the courgettes.

Nutritional Advice

Vegetable pasta dishes are fibre-rich, flavourful, and an easy way to increase your vegetable intake.

Environmental Advice

Reduce packaging and disposables, reuse, recycle.

Choose unpackaged fruits and vegetables to reduce single-use plastic packaging and save on costs.


Paccheri pasta with julienned courgettes, mint and sheep's milk cheese

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