August 9, 2011

cheesy grilled zucchini pasta

I'm all about the zucchini these days. It's more versatile than I realized. Growing up, we either (over)fried it in butter (you know when it gets all limp and flops around on your fork like a dying fish), or my mom made zucchini bread, which really was pretty good, but I still can't bring myself to make a sweet bread out of a zucchini when there are other options like bananas or berries (more on that soon). That was a very long sentence, I just realized that, but I'm really good at run-on sentences, and I also like cookies.

My grandma makes a pretty amazing zucchini cake too, but that's really neither here nor there. I just thought you should know that my grandma is amazing.

So zucchini has been going into omelets, and added to kebabs, and grilled for pasta. Grilling zucchini is definitely a favorite. And when you add other favorites like goat cheese and pasta, you have a dinner that gets inhaled a little too quickly (if you're me and have little self control).

I ended up adding grilled tomatoes to this too, but it was after the fact, and I didn't get any pictures of it (remember that part about inhaling?).

Cheesy Grilled Zucchini Pasta
Serves 2

1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup heavy cream
1 lemon
1/2 pound pasta (I used penne)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for topping, if desired
1/4 cup fresh crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup basil, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced on the diagonal
1 tomato, sliced
Salt and pepper

Gently toss the sliced zucchini and tomato with some olive oil and salt and pepper. I also sprinkled them with a little Herbs de Provence for good measure. You can season them however you like.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for about 30-60 seconds. Add the cream, the zest from 1/2 of the lemon, the juice from the whole lemon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until thickened.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook according to package directions. Drain the pasta and place back into the pot. Immediately add the cream mixture and cook over medium low heat for 3 minutes. Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl and add the parmesan and goat cheese. Toss well, and season to taste. 

While the pasta and is cooking, grill the zucchini and tomato. It shouldn't take more than a couple minutes per side, and probably less for the tomato, according to your preference.

Spoon pasta into bowls. Top with extra parmesan cheese, chopped basil, and the grilled vegetables.
You can grill up some chicken to toss with this too for a lil extra protein!


  1. I love adding zucchini to my pastas. It is one of my favorite add ins.

  2. There are so many things that I love hiding away in this pasta dish. Zucchini, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream--all that good stuff sounds just amazing. Yum!!