Pasta With Summer Vegetables
|Fava beans||1 1⁄2 Pound, shelled|
|Zucchini||2 , scrubbed, the skin and 1/4 inch of the flesh removed with a knife in wide strips and cut into 2 inch julienne strips, reserving the core for another use|
|Cherry tomatoes||2 Pint, quartered lengthwise|
|Finely chopped red onion||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), soaked in cold water for 10 minutes if strong|
|Garlic||2 Clove (10 gm), minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt|
|Salt||1⁄2 Teaspoon, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt|
|Yellow bell pepper||1 , cut into 2 inch julienne strips|
|Fresh flat leaf parsley leaves||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Extra virgin olive oil||5 Tablespoon|
|Gemellini/Other small tubular pasta||3⁄4 Pound (Small Pasta Twists, Available At Some Specialty Foods Shops)|
|Freshly grated parmesan||2 Tablespoon (As An Accompaniment)|
In a saucepan of boiling water boil the fava beans for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they are tender.
Drain the beans, let them cool until they can be handled, and peel off and discard the tough outer skins.
In a steamer set overboiling water steam the zucchini, covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until it is just tender.
In a large bowl combine the beans, the zucchini, the tomatoes, the onion, drained well if soaked, the garlic, the bell pepper, the parsley, the oil, and salt and black pepper to taste and toss the mixture until it is combined well.
In a kettle of boiling salted water boil the gemellini until it is al dente,drain it, and while it is still hot add it to the vegetable mixture, tossing the mixture until it is combined well.