Zucchini Fettuccine with Pesto Rosso

I did a post about simple food last week.

This is a delicious example of simple.

I ran out of creative ideas for summer squash….. I had a bit of pesto rosso left in the fridge.

There you have it.

For those who don’t know, pesto rosso, or red pesto, has tomato added.

Zucchini Fettuccini with Pesto Rosso

Preparation and cooking time:  10 minutes 

 Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini or summer squash, about 8″ (20cm) long
  • 2 tsp cooking olive oil
  • 2 tbs pesto rosso or regular pesto  
  • 1 tbs good, salad olive oil

Zucchini Fettuccini

 Instructions:

  • Slice the zucchini with a vegetable parer / potato peeler into paper thin strips.  Stop slicing when you get to the seeds – discard the center with the seeds. 
  • Heat the 2 tsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the zucchini strips and quickly stir-fry just until they start to wilt, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.  
  • In a medium bowl mix the pesto rosso and 1 tbs good olive oil. 
  • Add zucchini strips and toss to coat. Serve.

When we lived in Minnesota we loved going to art fairs and summer festivals.

The biggest one in our area was the Renaissance Festival.

It’s huge, and as authentice as modern builders can make it in the Midwest.

Yesterday we went to a local Medieval Fair.

It’s small and authentic….. Period.

A Medieval Fair in a real Medieval village – how cool is that?  

Wall

This church was built in the 12 century.

Church
The streets were closed to car traffic, strewn with straw and turned over to craft stalls, games and street performers.

And of course there were food and wine tents…. 

Fair
There were lots of games for the kids, including the ‘break-the-balloon’ sword fight arena.

Kids_games
There were the usual musicians and jugglers.

And the ‘not usual to Medieval Fair’  Memorial to Fallen War Victims in the background that is in every French village.

Juggler
The street performers were fantastic – more photos of them in tomorrow’s post.

Stilts

I didn’t realize it when we were there…..

But there were no hats passed or bowls sitting on the ground or any requests at all for money by any of the performers.  

There was no admission fee.

It was all free.

Even the games the kids played….

All free.

I have no idea how any of these people get paid.

They surely deserve it – they were fantastic!

12 thoughts on “Zucchini Fettuccine with Pesto Rosso”

  1. What a great way to do zucchini – I like keeping ingredients to a minimum. I’m always intrigued by recipes with five ingredients or less.
    It’s fair time here, too. Art shows, county fairs – love it!

  2. A beautiful and simple way to serve zucchini; the BEST way. I love this! And I want to go to that Medieval fair next year! Can’t wait for more photos.

  3. I love cold zucchini strips served and eaten like carpaccio but I have never thought to serve them hot in place of spaghetti. I love this idea, especially with pesto – red or green. Great idea!

  4. Mimi, it was simple, easy and delicious…. what more can one ask for?
    Phoenicia, it was fun… even had chocolate crepes!
    Christine, I was pleased with how it turned out…. I’m running low on zucchini ideas….
    Val, they seem to produce forever!
    Joey, it was fun… We have to figure out how to find more of them. They seem to be very local.
    Meredith, did he really? We went almost every year when we lived there…. Did you go with him?
    manningroad, the French do a lot of free things – subsidized by the gov, (taxes) LOL
    Ina, the zucchini and the festival were both good!
    Zoomie, I am too – still and after all we’ve seen. It’s amazing!
    Jamie, it really made a great starter – light enough for the hot weather (that we were having)
    Thanks, Simona!

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