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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Pici with Summer Squashes and Tarragon

Tarragon brings out the natural sweetness of squash. A creamy ouzo-infused sauce adds a licorice-laced coating to long, thin strands of pasta.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 summer squashes, such as yellow and zucchini, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup ouzo
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound pici or other long, thin pasta, such as bucatini or spaghetti, cooked until al dente (1 cup cooking water reserved)
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh tarragon

Cook's Note

Follow these steps when you cook the pasta for this dish: Bring a large pot of water (6 quarts) to a boil -- you want enough water so the pasta can move around. Season the water with 1/4 cup coarse salt. (The water should be well seasoned; think "salty like the sea.") Cook 1 pound of pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving at least 2 cups cooking water. The pasta releases starch as it cooks, and the starchy water is essential to the sauce.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Cook onion in 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining tablespoon oil, the squashes, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add wine and ouzo. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes. Add cream; toss to coat. Add pasta, reserved cooking water, and tarragon, and gently toss.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2011

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