This Easy Summer Zucchini Pasta is one of my go-to’s for a simple summer meal, or a busy weeknight! It’s filled with so much flavor, and only requires 7 ingredients! Thinly sliced garlic, good quality olive oil, pasta, zucchini, yellow squash, parmesan, and fresh basil are all you need!
This incredibly easy pasta dish is all I want to eat right now! I’m almost slightly embarrassed to be sharing it because it’s SO EASY. But incredibly delicious too. Don’t you love when that happens?!
It’s only 7 ingredients, and those 7 simple ingredients are seriously magical together. It’s such a no-brainer, and I’ve been eating this combination for years and years. When I made it recently, I knew I had to share it on the blog!
All you need is your favorite pasta (I love bowties!), good quality extra virgin olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, zucchini and/or yellow squash, parm cheese, and fresh basil. And salt and pepper but those don’t count!
Magic I tell ya.
Easy pasta dishes like these are what I grew up on. My dad is Italian and he passed the pasta loving gene onto me, and when I say I ate it every day growing up, I ate it every day. Sometimes just for a snack, sometimes for lunch, and sometimes for dinner.
There was never a time where I didn’t want to consume pasta in mass quantities.
And not much has changed as an adult! These days I try not to eat it quiiiite as often, because I’d be in a carb coma every day, but when I do, I like to pack it with tons of veggies.
This dish is absolutely perfect for using up all of your extra zucchini from the garden, or for when you’ve made too many zucchini baked goods in the past few weeks (that would be me), and you just want a big ‘ol bowl of pasta (also me).
What MAKES this pasta for me is the thinly sliced garlic that cooks in the olive oil just barely. The garlic oil infuses into the squash and pasta, and it’s amazing and everything I want in a bowl of carbs. Loads and loads of garlic!
The parm and fresh basil are also highlights, and the crushed red pepper gives it a little kick! Which is totally optional, but delicious with the sweetness of the squash and the basil.
Craving this for dinner tonight!
This Easy Summer Zucchini Pasta
This Easy Summer Zucchini Pasta is one of my go-to's for a simple summer meal, or a busy weeknight! It's filled with so much flavor, and only requires 7 ingredients! Thinly sliced garlic, good quality olive oil, pasta, zucchini, yellow squash, parmesan, and fresh basil are all you need!
- 1 pound of your favorite short-cut pasta (I used farfalle/bowties)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 6 cups diced zucchini and/or yellow squash*
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus extra for serving
Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Generously salt the water. (It gives your pasta a ton of flavor!)
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant. (You don't want the garlic to brown at all). Add the zucchini and squash and sauté for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Season with salt and pepper. (Cook pasta until al dente if you haven't done so at this point).
Once pasta is cooked, drain thoroughly and add back into the pot. Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta and toss until coated. Add the parmesan and toss, as well as the chopped basil. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Serve with extra parmesan and fresh basil!
*I used half zucchini and half yellow squash, but you can use all of one or the other!