Please note: This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase from a partnership site, I may earn a commission.

Zucchini and Pasta

Sometimes you don't really need a recipe to come up with something super yummy. Pasta, I think, is one of the ingredients that can help create a meal that's delicious, easy and fully of flavor. Add in a variety of sauces, throw in some kind of meat and or veggies and you're good to go. Don't forget cheese, pasta and cheese are BFFs in my house!

Zucchini and pasta
Zucchini and pasta

I never really start with a recipe – and if I do have a recipe, I rarely follow it. (that's not always the recommended approach.. ask my poor kids that have to eat what I feed them.) I like to throw stuff together and see how it turns out. You never really can go wrong when you mix sauteed onions, mushrooms and a little garlic. In this case, I added in some tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and a little spinach and topped with sauteed zucchini and parsley. Easy, right?

Here's the ingredient breakdown:

  • 1 package bow-tie pasta
  • 1/3 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (or olive oil)
  • Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Chopped spinach
  • 1-2 zucchini, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 1 can of tomato sauce

note: you can make your own tomato sauce by cooking fresh tomatoes down and adding a bit of seasoning.

How to make this yummy zucchini pasta:

  1. Cook pasta as director – don't over cook, bow-tie pasta get goopy when over-cooked. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté mushrooms, onions and garlic until nice and soft. Add in the spinach and let cook down until desired texture (watch out for over-cooked slimy spinach your kids won't eat).
  3. Mix in tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water. Add in desired seasoning. I use Spice Trader's Chef Shake, approximately 1 teaspoon. Stir in drained pasta and at least 2 table spoons grated parmesan cheese. Let simmer until desired constancy.
  4. Place chopped zucchini in a microwave save bowl with 1 tablespoon butter and top with garlic salt. Cook on high for about 2 minutes. Check and return to cook 1 minute at a time until tender but not soggy. Again, you don't want squishy, slimy veggies.
  5. Serve pasta and top with zucchini. Top with parmesan cheese as desired.

Don't be afraid to experiment when you cook. If you make a mistake or it turns out awful, just note what you did so you don't do it again.  If you know what flavors you like, try adding in an extra ingredient and see how it goes. The more you cook, the better you'll get.

What's your favorite pasta to make?

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

Join the FREE Creative Club!
Get tutorials, free file downloads and project ideas right in your email.

Leave a Comment

Featured on:
Brands Jen at 100 Directions has partnered with.
100 Directions is full of tutorials and project ideas to inpsire trying something new and sharing creativity in every direction.
I work with a variety of companies to share ideas and insight about products, services and all kinds of fun, creative things to do.
I stand behind my recommendations and hope you love the things I share as much as I love sharing them with you!

 

Privacy Policy | Work with me

 

100 Directions is a JGoode Designs property. Copyright © 2011-2022 Jen Goode. All Rights Reserved.