Pasta with Zucchini

This pasta recipe is oh so good. It is my husband’s favorite pasta dish. I know sometimes those of you who plant vegetable gardens often get an abundance of zucchini. Keep this recipe on hand. It will be a good one to try with all those fresh zucchini you pick.


6 medium zucchini

Vegetable oil (for frying the zucchini)

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Garlic salt

3 TBSP Dried Basil Leaves

¾ cup Olive Oil

1 lb. pkg. spaghetti (I use Barilla Pasta)

Wash the zucchini.

On a cutting board, cut off both ends of the zucchini and slice as shown in the picture below.

I use a large skillet to fry the zucchini and set the temperature to 350 F. (You could also fry these in a large frying pan.) Pour vegetable oil in the skillet, enough just to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Fry the zucchini until tender, turning them half way through cooking. Place the cooked zucchini in a large bowl. (It will take several batches to fry all 6 zucchini.)

Once all the zucchini is cooked and in the large bowl, add the 3 cloves of minced garlic, the basil leaves, and the olive oil. Sprinkle generously with garlic salt and mix. Leave zucchini mixture on counter while pasta is cooking.

Cook the spaghetti as directed on the package – cook “Al Dente”. Just before the pasta is fully cooked, remove 1 ¼ cup of the cooking liquid and add it to the zucchini mixture.

Drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the zucchini mixture and mix thoroughly.

Serve the pasta and Enjoy!

I like to top my pasta with grated cheese. Fresh basil is also a nice additional topping.


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Pasta with Zucchini — 4 Comments

  1. Oh Yum! I think this will be one of my favorites!
    Made your recipe for the chicken vesuvio the last week (ckn/onions/green peppers/ital sausage/potatoes). The family loves that one!

    • Is there any zucchini growing in your garden this year? Rich saw my post and wanted to eat the picture. Thanks.

      • Zucchini is my favorite vegetable! I will have to try this. I often grate my zucchini and saute’ it in garlic oil. I am sensitive to gluten so can’t have pasta very often.

        • Zucchini is one of my favorites too. I am so sorry to hear that you can’t have pasta very often. That would be very hard for me – I eat lots of it.