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Keeping things simple for you today. This zucchini pasta is how we eat almost all summer; little this, little that and dinner is ready.
I actually had to make this one again after I took the photos because I couldn’t remember the ratios that I used. You know it’s a good recipe when you don’t actually need measurements- if you have more zucchini than this calls for, awesome. If you double the fresh basil, well- that works too. If you omit the parmesan all together, awesome. If you decide to add in fresh mozzerella balls and forgo the tomatoes… you get the picture.
I’m giving you a recipe because there is one, not because you need one.
This is one of my favorite ways to eat zucchini; caramelized until almost jammy and broken down. The cooked zucchini become the sauce, creamy and bursting with flavor. Make sure to cook the zucchini down long enough for this to happen. They will first release a ton of water– keep going. The water will start to evaporate and the zucchini will almost stick to the pan and become golden brown, that’s the texture that you want.
Along with some fresh tomatoes, you’ve got a simple pasta sauce made almost entirely out of vegetables.
I like ziti or rigatoni here as the ridges stands up to the thick sauce, but I suppose other shapes will work. This sauce also tastes amazing on fresh polenta, either using cornmeal or my fresh corn polenta.
I know I mention this over and over again when I share a pasta recipe, but there is a trick to creating glossy, silky pasta. Undercook the pasta just slightly- this usually means 1-2 minutes less than what’s called for on the package. Reserve pasta cooking water.
Now, the magic happens. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce along with a few splashes of pasta water and toss, toss, toss. The hot water will continue to cook the pasta as it soaks up the flavor of the sauce. This is usually where I also add a healthy dusting of parmesan cheese to bind everything together, but that’s easily skipped for my dairy-free friends.
Top with lots of fresh basil and dig in. xo
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Simple Weeknight Zucchini Pasta. Looking for a fast-cooking meal? Try this summer pasta. Rigatoni with garden-fresh tomatoes, zucchini and basil. Great for weeknights when you aren’t interested in cooking but want delicious food!