Monday, October 31, 2011

Spaghetti con Zucchini

It's time once again for my weekly Tessa Kiros recipe.  This week the theme over at IHCC is Pasta.  When I saw this recipe in Tessa's cookbook Twelve it reminded me of a similar recipe I'd been wanting to make out of Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook.  

I really loved the combo of the fried zucchini with the parmesan and spaghetti.  The thing that sets Tessa's recipe apart is that she states to sprinkle on some chili oil as a finishing touch.  I've had a bottle in my pantry for ages just looking for a recipe to use it in. I served this with a marinated chicken breast that I cooked over charcoal.  The combo of the smoky, juicy chicken with the slightly spicy, sweet zucchini pasta was amazing.  I was surprised that such a simple dish could have such an impact on my family.  All of us came back for seconds!  

                                           Spaghetti con Zucchini
                                                       adapted from Tessa Kiros

                                                 (printable copy)

6 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ lbs. small zucchini, thinly sliced
16 oz. spaghetti
10 basil leaves, roughly torn
1 ¼ cups parmesan cheese, grated

Chili oil, to drizzle on after cooked

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet.  Stir until the garlic becomes
fragrant about 1 minute.  

Add the zucchini and season with salt and pepper.   Saute in skillet
about 15 minutes or until zucchini turns golden in spots.

Cook spaghetti in boiling water as per instructions on the packet.

Drain, pasta reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.

Add pasta to the zucchini and add in the basil and stir to combine.

Add enough pasta water to keep pasta moist.

Serve immediately, with a good drizzle of chili oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Jim wants me to make it again and add fresh mushrooms. I like the idea only because I'm mushroom crazy.  I like to add them when ever and where ever I can.  I am loving finding these simple classic recipes that I can try and then put my own spin on!  Thanks to the girls over at I Heart Cooking Clubs........I'm having so much fun cooking with Tessa! 


  1. I love zucchini in just about everything and this recipe has really stood out to me too. You've made it look so good! It looks so cheesy too!

  2. Hey girlie, I'm going to have to try this recipe it's pretty similar to the one I make with squash and yours looks so's a link

    Love you my cooking friend!

  3. This looks delicious. I love her simple recipes too--so fun and easy to cook. Great pick for your pasta bowl. ;-)

  4. So beautiful! Looks simple and elegant. We love cooking zucchini til it browns. Yum.

  5. I love pasta with zucchini too - and chili oil - what a great idea! Looks really tasty.

  6. This does sound wonderful...and with that chicken it sounds like a fantastic meal!

  7. Zucchini, cheese and pasta are a great combo!
    love your pasta bowl...


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