Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Whole Grain Pasta with Zucchini and Parmesan

Since the kids and I are planting our very first garden this year I have been on the lookout for some easy recipes that are going to help me use up all the veggies I am dreaming of growing.

This one from Barilla's website looked great and tasted great too! While I loved that it included lots of tomatoes and zucchini - things that I buy each week...but I was a little leary of the lack of sauce...turns out - it's fantastic!

There was something fantastically simple about only having as many ingredients as people who were going to eat this supper. I think that sometimes we get so wrapped up in trying to out do our selves that we forget that simple is sometimes better.

If you are looking for a quick and yummy supper - this will one hit the spot!


1 box Barilla Whole Grain Pasta

4 zucchini

1 pint cherry tomatoes...I only had vine ripe.

4 fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

2 Tbs Olive oil

1 clove garlic


Bring a large pot of water to boil...add salt to flavor and cook pasta according to package directions.


While pasta is working get your veggies ready. Give the tomatoes and zucchini a rinse. Set tomatoes aside to dry. Chop zucchini and garlic. I took all the basil leaves and layered them one on top of the other...then rolled them and sliced.

Saute Garlic for a few minutes....add zucchini and cook until tender. Add tomatoes and just cook until skin is blistered and warmed through. Drain pasta and add to pan. Toss everything with basil and cheese.

We give this recipe 5 spoons...we all wanted more (in fact everyone had seconds) and it was all gone!

I can't wait to make this recipe again with veggies from my own garden!



  1. It looks delicious! You really cannot go wrong serving your family Italian dinners can you? Thanks for the inspiration and another Zucchini recipe!

  2. that is so healthy.. I want to give it a try..

  3. Yummmmm....looks so good!

  4. This looks delicious!! Thanks :)

  5. I added asparagus too! Yummy!!


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