Light and simple pasta with zucchini and Parmigiano. Seriously, one of our go-to pasta dishes when we are in a pinch for time. Quick, easy, and the result is an incredibly tasty dish that even non-veggie lovers might enjoy! Try it tonight!
Light and simple pasta
We love pasta and we love it when it is light, simple, and tasty! If you are a zucchini lover, this is definitely the dish for you. Try also our penne with zucchini and mushrooms! And if you are not a zucchini lover, give it a try, we might convert you!
The ingredients are simple and just a few:
- evo oil, only the best quality for us
- peperoncino, optional, but adds a little oomph
- shallot, or onion
- garlic, minced, we used a garlic press
- basil, fresh leaves better
- zucchini, cut into thin rounds
- tortiglioni, or any other type of pasta you like, look for the pasta that has a nice texture to it
- Parmigiano, omit if you are vegetarian/vegan, but if you are not, highly recommended
- oh, and don't forget the secret ingredient when making pasta, pasta water!
Sauteeing the zucchini
While waiting for the water to come to a boil, in a large pan over medium heat, add the evo oil, the chopped shallot, minced garlic, and peperoncino (chili flakes) if using. Add the sliced zucchini rounds and cook, stirring often, until zucchini are tender. Some of the thinnest ones, will have a nice caramelization to them. This zucchini mixture, together with some pasta water and grated Parmigiano, is the "sauce" you are going to dress the pasta with.
Marry the pasta with the sauce
In Italy, we do not drain the pasta, plate it, and add the sauce on top. In fact, we always finish the pasta in the pan where we cooked the sauce.
When the pasta is al dente, scoop it with a slotted spoon and place it in the pan with the cooked zucchini. Add half a ladle of pasta water, sprinkle some Parmigiano, and fresh broken up basil leaves. Mix with a wooden spoon to blend everythig nicely. Or, you could do some serious tossing in the pan. It's what marries the pasta to the sauce.
In the end, plate your pasta. We like to drizzle a little evo oil and sprinkle more Parmigiano on top. That's it, now you're ready to savor this delicious Light and simple pasta with zucchini and Parmigiano.
Why you need to make this Light and simple pasta with zucchini and Parmigiano
It's healthy, easy to prepare, and when you first bite into it, your taste buds are delighted by the al dente texture of the pasta, married with the sweetness and softness of the zucchini and shallot. The Parmigiano and peperoncino give nice highlights to the whole.