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Meat-free meal: Zucchini pasta with a lemony garlic sauce

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Zucchini pasta with lemony garlic sauce

Until very recently we had my Ma living with us, and feeding an extra mouth each night took a little more creativity than usual. Not that my Ma expects anything fancy, but it’s always nice to cook something delicious when you’ve got people to feed, isn’t it?

This isn’t the healthiest pasta dish {hello cream and butter} but it certainly is high on the yum factor. I wasn’t expecting it, but as everyone tucked into their first mouthful, a positive reaction quickly followed. “This is really good,” Ma exclaimed.

And now this dish is placed on the ‘will totally make again’ list. I think next time I might throw in some toasted pine nuts for a little crunch.

Zucchini pasta with lemony garlic sauce


375g bow tie pasta
4 medium zucchini
30g butter
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup cream
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
75g baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup coarsely chopped chives
shaved parmesan, to serve


♥ Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water as per instructions on packaging {or until al dente}.
♥ While the pasta is cooking, work on the sauce. Cut zucchinis lengthways down the middle, and then slice thinly on the diagonal.
♥ Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan. Toss in the zucchini and garlic over medium heat and cook until the zucchini is tender. Add stock, stir to combine. Reduce the heat and add the cream, lemon rind, spinach and chives. Stir until all combined and heated through.
♥ Once the pasta is cooked, drain and then add to the zucchini mixture. Toss gently.
♥ Serve in bowls topped with parmesan cheese.

What’s for dinner tonight at your house?

  • Looks delicious Chantelle. We’re always looking for new ideas to put on our family menu. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dongella

    I know what I am making later this week!

  • Tiia

    This sounds wonderful, I love zucchini & lemon pasta! I think the vegetable stock might just be the missing ingredient from my own favourite recipe of Limoncello zucchini pasta 🙂

  • YUM!!! I love zucchini and anything with lemon in it, so this is going straight onto my menu planning list. Thanks for sharing Chantelle 🙂 x x

  • We had Jamie’s pasta bake – 3 balls of motzarella and lots of parmesan so not heathly either. Will be posting on my Blog very soon!

  • Jess

    Omg! I have all this & just couldn’t quite get my sauce quite right, THANK U THANK U THANK U! Have a great day…IT’S A GREAT DAY TO Be ALIVE!! 🙂

  • Allie

    Sounds yummy! Will be making this for my roommate and I soon :]

  • Amy

    This looks delicious! Just the sort of thing for our mid-week dinners, yummy.

  • Amy

    MADE IT, LOVED IT. We added peas – freshened it up nicely. This will be a regular in our household too. I have some leftovers for lunch today – lucky me 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer

    We made this last night it is was yummy, we will definitely be having this again.

  • Yum! This is going on this week’s menu at our place! Thanks. 😉

  • Kylie Gardner

    Hello! I have lots of lemons to use up right now and this looks like a great way to use them! I have linked up to this post in my grateful/10 ways to use lemons post. It’s live tomorrow morning(23 August) – I’m telling you now so I don’t forget! 🙂