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Spaghettini with Zucchini Flowers

Zucchini flowers aren't only enjoyed deep-fried – they're a lovely addition to fresh pasta too.

Spaghettini with Zucchini Flowers

Serves 4

400g spaghettini

1/3 cup olive oil 

2 shallots, sliced

1 garlic clove, sliced

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

¼ cup white wine

200g baby zucchini with flowers, thinly sliced, flowers separated

zest and juice of 1 lemon

½ cup mint leaves, torn

1½ cups fresh ricotta

pecorino, grated, to serve

Cook spaghettini in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. 

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic, and chilli, and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden. 

Add white wine to pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until reduced.

Add zucchini and cook for 1 minute, then add zucchini flowers, lemon zest and juice, mint, and ricotta. Add cooked pasta to pan.

Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to combine.

Divide pasta among four serving bowls and top with grated pecorino.

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