Thanks to travelling, I had zucchini again. They can be found in Accra, but as those were imported and cost 17 cedi each (USD 3.45), they are just too expensive for me. This was an impromptu dinner, a cross between pasta con ricotta e salsiccia and spaghetti tossed with fried zucchini, garlic and cheese. A friend had chicken sausage, so we added that and hey presto, dinner!
Spaghetti with zucchini, ricotta and chicken sausage
300 gr spaghetti
2 tbs good olive oil
3-4 chicken sausages (or other meaty sausage you like)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 zucchini, sliced into medallions (not too thick)
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of chili flakes
250 gr ricotta
Boil the pasta in salted water. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and fry the sausages. I like to squeeze the meat out of the sausage casings, into bite-sized pieces. The chicken sausage was not very greasy so I added olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Once the sausage starts to be cooked through, add the sliced zucchini to the pan and continue to fry until they are cooked through. Add a little salt and pepper, and some chilli flakes. If you have some leftover wine, a splash would be nice.
Drain the pasta, keeping a little cooking water, then put it back in the pot off the heat. Spoon in ricotta, and stir through the zucchini and sausage. Add a little starchy pasta cooking water if it looks dry. Serve with grated pasta.
And from Accra: the ex-Ghana Airways plane which is now a restaurant was painted white over the summer.