This light and fresh zucchini tomato pasta is a great way to use summer produce. It’s so easy to make which means there’s less time in the kitchen and more time to enjoy warm summer nights. Just like this Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad.
Simple Zucchini Tomato Pasta
And, just like that, it’s summer. The produce section at the store is somehow more vibrant, the fruits and vegetables piled high and ripe for the taking. The farmer’s markets here in North Carolina are in full swing, bustling with shoppers eagerly toting their finds home to the kitchen.
It’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement and it’s spilled over into my own kitchen. The dishes I’m making lately are like summer itself – fresh, airy, and light. I recently made one of our favorites, Pasta Primavera!
If there’s anything we can count on this time of year it’s zucchini. It’s a prolific vegetable and often grows at a rate that makes it hard to keep up. It’s not unusual to spot bags and boxes on neighborhood stoops, gifts from neighbors who garden and can’t possibly keep up with their harvest. Having a few choice recipes up your sleeve for this summer squash is always a good thing. You never know when a bounty of zucchini will show up.
When it does show up, due to your own over-zealous produce shopping or by-way of a generous neighbor, I’ve got you covered with this simple zucchini tomato pasta. It’s heavy on the veg, light on the pasta, and easy to make because when it’s summer our time is best spent lingering over dinner instead of slaving away at the stove.
So, here’s to summer produce, easy cooking, and dinners served outside. It’s such a wonderful time of year.
Some Ingredients You’ll Need for Zucchini Tomato Pasta
- Four zucchini. Be sure to give them a good scrub, especially if you buy them directly from a farmer. The grit has a tendency to stick to the skin so a simple rinse under the tap isn’t always enough to remove it.
- Grape tomatoes. It’s still a little early for summer tomatoes around these parts so grape tomatoes (or cherry) are a good choice this time of year. Plus, they’re bite-sized and only the large ones need to be halved. The cook with the zucchini and as they heat up they burst making a simple sauce.
- Fresh parsley. Basil and thyme would be delicious, as well, or a mix of all three. A quarter cup is all you need so mix things up a bit based on what you have on hand.
- Fresh lemon juice adds brightness.
- A little butter adds some richness.
- Pasta. I used bucatini, a thick and long pasta that’s hollow in the center. I love how sturdy it is, but you can use any sort of pasta. Spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or even penne would work great.
- Grated Parmesan cheese for serving.
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We hope you enjoy this light and fresh zucchini tomato pasta dish!
For more delicious summer-inspired recipes check out…
- Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
- Lemon Blueberry Trifle
- Tortellini Pesto Pasta Salad
- Pina Colada Recipe
- Frozen Lemonade Pie
- Honeydew Lemon Slush
Simple Zucchini and Tomato Pasta
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 4 large zucchinis diced (see note)
- 2 pints grape tomatoes halved
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 8 ounces bucatini or other long pasta
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese for serving
- Put a pot of water on the stove to bring to a boil. While you wait for the water to boil, melt the butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the zucchini and tomatoes to the pan and cook them, stirring occasionally. Once the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until very al dente, about two minutes less cooking time than the package suggests.
- While the pasta boils, continue cooking the vegetables. The tomatoes will start to break down and their juices will combine with the moisture released from the zucchini. Add the parsley and lemon juice. Add the pasta and toss to combine. Let the pasta cook with the vegetables for a another two minutes or so. It will absorb the light sauce as it cooks.
- Serve the pasta with grated Parmesan.