Pasta with Zucchini and Parsley Pesto

Pasta with Char Grilled Zucchini and Parsley Pesto

Using up the amount of zucchini from our garden takes some creativity. But having made Parsley Pesto, the thought of pasta, pesto and char grilled zucchini had me grilling tiny zucchini slices early one morning. A pasta lunch was in the making.

Its very easy, and any pasta can be used – spaghetti is great, but I chose to use pasta from the local Adelaide makers L’Abruzzese. I love this olive leaf pasta, tasty and slightly chewy, it has 3 colours – spinach, beetroot and regular.

If you are looking for more pasta recipes try Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Lemon, Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Fettuccine with Cheese and Pepper, Pasta with a Cauliflower Sauce, Pasta with Tomato and Salted Ricotta, and Elegant Orzo Pasta with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts. And check out our home made eggless pasta.

You might also like to read Why we Cook Pasta al dente.

Or perhaps some zucchini recipes – try Bucatini con Zucchini, Zucchini Rice, Zucchini Fry, and Poached with Other Vegetables in Wine.

Our pesto recipes include this Parsley Pesto as well as Asparagus Pesto, Coriander Pesto, and a mix and match approach.

Or browse all of our Zucchini Recipes, all of our Pasta Dishes, all of the Pesto recipes. Our Italian Recipes are here, or simply browse our Late Summer dishes.

Parsley Pesto

Pasta with Char Grilled Zucchini and Parsley Pesto

makes a 2 or 3 serves

Parsley Pesto – the recipe is here
200g pasta – spaghetti or olive leaf pasta, or your favourite pasta
extra virgin olive oil
250g small zucchini
a little fresh mint, finely chopped
parmesan cheese, grated or shaved
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Make the Parsley Pesto. This can be done before hand.

Slice the zucchini crosswise, toss with a small amount of olive oil and grill the slices on each side until golden brown.

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving a little of the pasta water.

Mix the pasta, a little of the pasta water, some parsley pesto, the chopped mint and the grilled zucchini slices. Toss to mix well. Serve sprinkled with the grated or shaved parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Char Grilled Zucchini and Parsley Pesto




Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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