Zucchini, Tomato and Basil Pasta: Straight from the Garden

by simplylife on July 23, 2012

I know, I know.  You’ve been seeing zucchini recipes ALL OVER the blogosphere (and possibly your garden, farmers market, CSA and/or grocery store!) and you’re ready to be done with them for the year.  BUT!  Well, er – I’m a little behind on posts, and have basically been eating zucchini at every meal for the past two weeks. So while I’ll only share my absolute favorite recipes with you, I hope you’re ready for some fun ways to use those zucchini you find sprouting up everywhere!

This recipe is just SO simple and easy, that if you have a zucchini or two in the fridge you’re hoping to incorporate into a meal without too much hassle, this is the dish for you!

Plus, if you’re trying to eat more seasonally, then I have a feeling you may also have some tomatoes and basil at their peak of freshness.  That’s the beauty of this meal.  Just a few simple ingredients, all bursting with flavor (and possibly right in your own backyard), come together beautifully for this elegant pasta dish.

Zucchini, Tomato and Basil Pasta

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian squash zucchini tomato Italian summer


  • 12 oz. whole wheat pasta
  • 4-5 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thin 2″ strips
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • Handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbs. olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and cook 2-3 minutes.

3. Toss zucchini mixture with cooked pasta. Slowly stir in remaining olive oil and/or reserved cooking water (oil will add more flavor) until desired consistency. Toss with parmesan cheese, basil, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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In addition to summer’s freshest bounty, another food I’ve been really enjoying are Kettle Brand Chips!  When I came home from work to find this box sitting on my doorstep, I couldn’t refrain from tearing into it immediately!

Kettle Brand Chips sent me the following flavors to review: Organic Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper, Baked Hickory Honey Barbeque…

…Sea Salt & Vinegar and Spicy Thai.

Here are the Organic Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper.  They are crispy, crunchy and have just the right amount of peppery flavor.

My husband and I went through these chips in record-timing; they are so good!  I’m not even sure I can pick a favorite flavor as I enjoyed them all!

Kettle Chips are all-natural, contain no trans fat, no MSG, non-GMO ingredients, no preservatives and are gluten-free.  In addition to the flavors they sent me, they also have a wide variety of other products including nut butters, several Krinkle Cut chips, and Reduced Fat Chips.

*I received these products free from Kettle Brand Chips; no compensation was provided and all opinions are 100% my own.

~What is your favorite way to enjoy zucchini?

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  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    Your pasta my friend, looks like a bowl you picked off the pasta tree 😀
    So fresh!
    Lovely flavouirs too! And Kettle chips are my life’s weakness 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Belinda

    Love how simple and perfect this pasta is! Don’t tempt me with those kettle chips!!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Your pictures of your summer dishes are always SO beautiful! What a delicious, perfect summer meal.

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    This is exactly the kind of dish I enjoy for summer dinners. I love putting zucchini on the grill.

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    The photos here are so beautiful – you are welcome to post as many recipes like this as you like!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thank You!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    This truly is one of the best times of year for produce. Awesome dishes like this come together so quickly!

  • http://www.tinyskillet.com/ Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet

    This pasta dish is awesome, nothing better than frsh from the garden goodness!

  • https://merigoesround.com/ meri

    I’m always happy to see veggies appearing in recipes in any way, and I do love summer squashes and zucchini!

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    I need some form of squash in my life at all times so I refuse to be done with zucchini until butternut is back! Love the fresh flavors in this!

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com/ Sam

    Keep those zucchini dishes coming! You can never have enough of them in the summer. I love finding new things to do with summer squashes.

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III IndulgeInspireImbibe

    I made something similar last week!! love zucchini!

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Bee

    What a simple, beautiful meal.

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    I LOVE kettle brand chips! There is nothing like them! I probably couldn’t be trusted with a big box of them. 😉
    This dish looks fabulous! I just bought some zucchini for a dish this week. It’s so delicious!

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com wearenotmartha

    I love pasta dishes that involve lots of fresh veggies. This looks like the perfect way to use zucchini! Also, obsessed with Kettle Chips 🙂


  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.velatini Beth Hills Velatini

    I love Kettle chips! Salt and vinegar, hands down my favorite. I make a carrot zucchini pancake that makes a great week night side dish.


  • http://blissfulbritt.com/ Brittany

    Ohhh this pasta dish..DELICIOUS!! I love the flavor combo. I also love those chips..all of them. Kettle chips are the best. I love zucchini in BROWNIES!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      I have yet to try zucchini that way- I would like to though! Thanks for the idea!

  • Couscous & Consciousness

    I love dishes like this for using up the surplus of zucchini that just keep coming day after day out of the garden during sunner.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    I love that brand of chips. They’re so good!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I love the simplicity of this. Summer cooking at its best!

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com/ Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    I can always count on getting hungry at your blog. 😀

  • Viviane B Farre

    Looks like a great lunch – way to go for supporting your local CSA! Really creative application of the Kettle Chips!

  • http://twitter.com/pinchandswirl Marissa

    Looks like summer in a bowl!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Those are my favourite brand of chips!!! I love Kettle chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mom

    I’ll have to pass on this zucchini recipe to your dad as he’s growing them in his garden. IS THAT YOUR VERY OWN BASIL PLANT?????!! So cool! It’s beautiful 🙂

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