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BUCATINI WITH PANCETTA, ONIONS AND ZUCCHINI

 1 lb BUCATINI
  lb PANCETTA OR BACON
 1 LARGE RED ONION
 2 MEDIUM ZUCCHINI
 ITALIAN PARSLEY
 FRESH-GRATED PARMESAN
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BRING A LARGE POT OF WATER TO BOIL. SALT GENEROUSLY.

MEANWHILE, CUT THE PANCETTA INTO 1/2 INCH PIECES AND BROWN IN A LARGE FRYING PAN WITH A SPLASH OF OLIVE OIL.

TRIM AND PEEL THE ONION. SLICE THINLY.

WHEN THE PANCETTA HAS BROWNED, REMOVE WITH A SLOTTED SPOON. ADD THE ONIONS, COVER AND COOK ON LOW HEAT TILL THEY HAVE SOFTENED THEN UNCOVER AND CONTINUE COOKING, TURNING FREQUENTLY UNTIL THE ONIONS ARE NICELY CARAMELIZED BUT NOT CHARRED. SCRAPE THE ONIONS INTO A BOWL.

COOK THE PASTA.

MEANWHILE, SCRUB THE ZUCCHINI UNDER RUNNING WATER TO REMOVE ANY GRIT. DRY. TRIM THE ENDS, SLICE LENGTHWISE IN HALF, THEN SLICE INTO THIN HALF MOONS.

JUST BEFORE THE PASTA IS DONE, SCOOP OUT A CUP OF THE PASTA WATER.

DRAIN THE PASTA.

HEAT 2 TBSPS OF OLIVE OIL IN THE SAME PAN WHERE YOU COOKED THE PANCETTA AND ONIONS. TOSS THE ZUCCHINI FOR ABOUT A MINUTE IN THE PAN. SALT AND PEPPER. ADD THE PASTA, 1/2 CUP OF PASTA WATER, PANCETTA AND ONIONS. CONTINUE TO COOK FOR ANOTHER 30 SECONDS TURNING CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL ALL THE INGREDIENTS ARE MIXED TOGETHER. ADD MORE PASTA WATER IF NECESSARY. ADD A COUPLE OF TBSPS OF PARMESAN. PUT THE PASTA IN A WARM BOWL, SCATTER WITH ROUGHLY CHOPPED PARSLEY AND SERVE WITH MORE PARMESAN ON THE SIDE.

SERVES 4