academia barilla  August 2007

Gourmet Recipes at The Garden Chefs Series: Barilla Farfalle with Tomato Basil Sauce and Zucchini, from Chef Lorenzo Boni

Our friend Karen from Park Ridge, Illinois, should be happy – she [...]

Chicago Botanic Garden

Our friend Karen from Park Ridge, Illinois, should be happy – she asked us to have one of the gourmet recipes performed by Barilla USA Executive Chef Lorenzo Boni at the Chicago Botanic Garden last week, and she is getting two recipes!

Chef Lorenzo BoniAfter sharing with our blog recipe for Barilla Large Shell Pasta Salad we published a couple of days ago, here is another recipe from Chef Lorenzo Boni’s cooking performance at The Garden Chefs Series food show in Chicago, that runs every weekend until October 7 at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Chef Lorenzo Boni impressed the crowd with the simplicity and amazing taste of an easy pasta gourmet creation: Barilla Farfalle with Tomato Basil Sauce and Zucchini.

A recipe by Chef Lorenzo Boni

(serves 4)

Tomato and Zucchini


- 1 box Barilla Farfalle pasta
- 5 cups zucchini, diced (4 medium-sized zucchini approx.)
- 4 tablespoons Academia Barilla extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups white onion, finely chopped
- 1 jar Barilla Tomato and Basil Sauce
- 1/3 cup Academia Barilla Parmesan cheese, grated
- salt and black pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Toss zucchini in 2 – 3 tablespoons salt and place in a colander to drain for 30-60 minutes.

Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 10 minutes.

Add zucchini and sauté approximately 7 minutes, or until tender. Add sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss with the tomato and basil sauce.

Top with Parmigiano cheese, and season with salt and pepper.

Thanks, Lorenzo, for your yummy pasta recipe. Sorry we couldn’t publish pictures of your gourmet creations, but unfortunately the images we had were of very low quality, so we decided to publish this without pics…

More recipes from The Garden Chef Series (hopefully with pictures) will be coming soon on Italian food Lovers!

Buon appertito a tutti da Academia Barilla!

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