Lemon Fresh Spaghetti with Garden Sauce & Pumpkin

Catherine Cappiello Pappas


This is a simple and tasty dish filled with flavor.


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10 Min
20 Min
Pan Fry


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    7 cloves of garlic – chopped
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    2 vine ripe tomatoes – diced
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    1 zucchini – sliced
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    2 dozen pumpkin flowers
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    ½ lemon – sliced with skin
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    fresh basil leaves
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    canola oil – for frying
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    olive oil
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    fresh romano cheese – sliced
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    1 egg plus a splash of water
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    1 - 2 cups flour
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    ½ tsp. salt
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    ½ tsp. black pepper
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    ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
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    1 lb. of your favorite pasta

How to Make Lemon Fresh Spaghetti with Garden Sauce & Pumpkin


  1. For the Zucchini

    Heat a large cast iron frying pan with a ¼ inch of canola oil; add the zucchini slices and fry until golden. Do not over crowd the pan. Place the slices on a plate prepared with a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

    For the Pumpkin Flowers

    Rinse the flowers with cold water in a colander. Gently pat the flowers dry.
    Place the flour in a shallow bowl; in another shallow bowl beat the egg with a splash of water. Dip the flowers first in the flour; then the egg-wash and again in the flour.
    Heat the frying pan with a ¼ inch of canola oil and place the prepared flowers in the heated oil. Do not over crowd the pan. Fry until slightly golden; then place the flowers on a plate prepared with a paper towel.
    Wipe any crumbs from the frying pan. Heat a frying pan with two or three tablespoons of olive oil.
    Add the tomatoes, garlic and lemon slices. Sauté the tomatoes on a medium heat until the tomatoes are soft and a sauce like consistency; add the seasonings to taste and the fresh basil.
    Prepare the pasta as the sauce cooks.
    Place the pasta in the sauce and toss.
    Plate the pasta; garnish with the fried zucchini and the fried flowers. Finish the dish with dashes of red pepper flakes; a drizzle of olive oil and fresh Romano cheese shavings.

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About Lemon Fresh Spaghetti with Garden Sauce & Pumpkin

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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