Spinach Fettuccine with Tangy Grilled Summer Squash
- ACTIVE: 45 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 45 MIN Plus overnight marinating
- SERVINGS: 4
- Six 4-ounce summer squash—4 sliced lengthwise 1/3 inch thick, 2 sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick on a mandoline
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves
- 3 large tarragon sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, plus 1/4 cup chopped mint
- 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 pound vegan fresh spinach fettuccine
- Freshly ground pepper
- Toss the 1/3-inch-thick squash slices with the 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and let stand for 45 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cider vinegar with the sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Rinse and dry the salted squash and add it to the bowl; toss to coat with the vinegar.
- In a blender, puree the 1/2 cup of olive oil with the garlic and transfer to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then pour the garlic oil over the squash. Add the tarragon sprigs and mint leaves and press to compact. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Light a grill. Lift the squash out of the marinade; scrape any excess marinade back into the bowl and reserve. Grill the marinated squash strips over high heat until nicely charred, about 1 minute per side. Cut the squash into 1-inch pieces.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the reserved marinade and add the saffron. Add the 1/8-inch-thick squash slices and cook over high heat, tossing, until al dente, about 1 minute. Add the rice vinegar, season lightly with salt and toss well. Add the grilled squash and toss to heat through. Remove from the heat.
- Cook the fettuccine until al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss well over moderate heat, gradually adding the reserved pasta cooking water to make a sauce. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over, sprinkle with the chopped tarragon and mint and serve right away.
White ales (a variety of wheat beer), like the one from Maine brewery Allagash, tend to be bright and citrusy, a great pairing for this tangy squash. A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc would also be delicious.
Pairing Note Not all wines and beers are vegan (that is, made without using products such as gelatin). For details, contact the producers directly.
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