Mid-week meal: Zucchini & pine nut pasta

Excuse me while I have a love affair with zucchini. I used to be infatuated with mushrooms, but I’ve asked them to pack their bags and move on out… because it’s zucchini for me. I stumbled across this recipe on my Nigella Lawson app, but I’ve modified it a little bit to make it kid-friendly. I hope you love it as much as we do.


1/3 cup pine nuts
500g fusilli pasta
2 zucchini, chopped finely
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chicken stock {use white wine if you like}
1 cup shaved or grated parmesan {I’ve used grated packet parmesan this time, but it’s much nicer with grated fresh parmesan}
1 tbs butter
1 garlic clove, crushed

♥ Heat a large pan of water for the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta. Cook according to the instructions on the package, or until al dente.

♥ While the pasta is cooking, toast the pine nuts in a hot, dry pan until golden. This only takes a moment so don’t let them burn. Once golden transfer to a bowl.

♥ Add oil to pan, and saute zucchini for 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute.

♥ Add stock {or wine} and simmer for 2 minutes.

♥ Remove the pan from the heat. Add the pine nuts, cheese, butter and toss in the drained pasta. {If you’ve using wine instead of stock – just add a little of the water that the pasta was cooking in as well}.

♥ Serve with a little extra sprinkled parmesan cheese and season to your liking. This recipe serves 6 people.

Enjoy. xx

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16 thoughts on “Mid-week meal: Zucchini & pine nut pasta”

  1. I too adore zucchinis, closely followed by mushrooms (then broccoli). I cook at least one zucchini meal per week and I think this week it might have to be this one – looks delicious.

  2. YUM! I do this same recipe but with cauliflower. Unsalted cashews are a cheaper substitue for the pine nuts btw. never thought to do this with zucchini though! Will give it a try next week. Thanks!

  3. Looks lovely, and quick and easy to make… but how to get my kids to eat it. i need to do such a huge re-eduation programme with them. Adding this to my list and will definitely try it for we big ones soon. Thanks and love the pix!

  4. Chantelle – loving the recipe each week on the blog – I am also in love with zucchini. Although I must say I'm more in love with zucchini since a friend baked them with crunchy herb and garlic sourdough croutons all over them

  5. Yuuum! That would also be awesome with mushrooms, I imagine. You know, if the old flame rekindles 😉

    Will make that this week, thanks!

    X TM

  6. wow delicious, it seems that i feel hungry and want to taste the food you cook. count me in as one of your millions of friends. will you. thank you and God bless.

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