Fry zucchine sliced into disks in olive oil with a slightly crushed clove of garlic and a few fresh bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. When the zucchine slices are lightly browned (see photo below left) turn off the heat and remove the bay leaves. In the meanwhile, boil your linguine in well salted water. When done, turn them into the pan with the zucchine and add a generous dollop of ricotta cheese and abundant pecorino cheese. Mix well, adding a ladleful of pasta water to make a ‘sauce’ that will coat the linguine well. Serve immediately topped with some more pecorino.
That’s all there is to it, but the result is incredibly satisfying.
NOTES: I ‘invented’ this dish at the spur of the moment, using things that I had on hand: zucchine, some ricotta left over from making the gnocchi nudi last Thursday, a bit of pecorino cheese–which I always have around–and the fresh bay leaves, which caught my eye while shopping. Of course, this dish isn’t really original–the combination of pasta, zucchine and ricotta is a classic. But my riff on the classic recipe was to substitute linguine, fresh bay leaves and pecorino for the usual penne, basil and parmesan. Shows you what you can do at the spur of the moment, with a bit of imagination and some knowledge of classic dishes.