Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Spaghetti alla Nerano

After having seen this dish on a friend's Instagram feed (thanks, Mike!), we decided to give it try. It's not complicated at all, basically spaghetti with zucchini and cheese. We made some adjustments to use what we had on hand. I grilled the zucchini (instead of pan frying it) and an eggplant that we had in the fridge. We grated Parmesan, Romano, and a little bit of Basque sheep's cheese (the recipe calls for Italian provolone). The basil came from the greenhouse.

Spaghetti with grilled zucchini and eggplant, garlic, olive oil, basil, and three cheeses.

We ate the whole pot (250 grams of pasta for two people), it was that good. And, as Mike said, we'll definitely do this again. It can stand alone as a meal or, in smaller portions, serve as a first course.


  1. It looks good, but a little dry. No?

    1. No, not dry. A lot of olive oil, tomme de brebis, and parmesan cheese. I was creamy.

  2. That looks very good. So glad your new stove is a hit!

  3. Walt, is there a little oil in there, too?

  4. Miam, miam!!! I make zucchini spaghetti regularly but not with all the goodies your recipe has! I might look that one up and try it.

  5. Oh, my, does that look good! We'll give it a try here.

  6. Thanks Walt! The recipe instructions I followed were based on Chef John's interpretation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrASoJ6fZyY

    He deep-fries the zucchini and then puts them in the fridge overnight for flavour to build up. I just did them in the morning and left them there until the evening.

  7. chm, like Ken said, olive oil made it creamy, almost like a carbonara.

    mitch, it was!

    bettyann, we're getting used to it. It simmers better than any stove we've had here.

    judy, oh yes. A good amount of oil.

    mary, enjoy!

    chris, good!

    mike, thanks for the inspiration! I thought grilling the veggies would work and it did. Lots of flavor.

  8. Lovely !
    I am about to have a huge delivery of pasta (due to an error) I need as much inspiration as you can provide me.
    This one looks scrumptious and simple - like my men.


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