Pasta with zucchini and tomatoes

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This quick pasta with zucchini and tomatoes bursts with fresh flavor and is packed with juicy vegetables. It’s a terrific family meal, ready in 30 minutes!

It’s simple, budget-friendly, vegan and super delicious.

Since the farmers’ markets will become more colorful and vary from May to June, it’s time to re-share my love for easy vegetarian pasta recipes! From this pasta with peppers to this pasta with tomatoes and spinach and pasta with cherry tomatoes.

This delicious pasta with tomatoes and zucchini is one of our favorites.

Summer is also the season to enjoy zucchini and cherry tomatoes at their peak of flavor and the best price.

This recipe is a wonderful way to turn this summer’s star produce into a lovely meatless dinner.

Here is what you need…

List of the ingredients

  • Pasta
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Red onion (white or brown are ok)
  • Parsley or basil
  • Olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
The ingredients to make this pasta with zucchini are arranged over a white background.

How to make pasta with tomatoes and zucchini

(Note: this is simply a quick explanation with step-by-step photos, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Cut the zucchini lengthwise in half. If the zucchini is large, cut each half in three-thirds and slice off the seeds.
  • Cut each zucchini baton into cubes. These are my favorite knives for this type of task: handy, sharp, and affordable too.
  • Saute diced onion in olive oil until soft and translucent.
Zucchini and cherry tomatoes on a chopping board and a white pan with diced onion and olive oil.
  • Add zucchini, chili flakes, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook for 10 minutes. I love this pan! No need to add a ton of olive oil or butter because it’s non-stick perfection without harmful chemicals, and it’s easy to clean.
  • When the zucchini cubes start to caramelise, add the tomatoes.
Top view of a white pan with diced zucchini and cherry tomatoes over a white background.
  • Cook until the skins burst, taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Add pasta, fresh parsley, toss until well combined adding a bit of pasta water.
Close-up of a pan full of zucchini and tomatoes and penne pasta over a white background.
  • Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, and grated parmesan cheese if you don’t keep it vegan. Enjoy!
Close-up of a fork lifting some juicy pasta with tomatoes, zucchini and grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe notes

Pasta with tomatoes and zucchini ingredients

PASTA: I used penne, but spaghetti or any other chunky pasta shape work well too. We also love whole grain pasta to add extra fiber and micronutrients.

TOMATOES: If you use cherry tomatoes cut them in half, but if you prefer to use ripe large tomatoes, dice them and remove excess seeds and water. 

ZUCCHINI: if your zucchini is too large and full of seeds, it’s better to cut it lengthwise and remove the core before cutting it into cubes.

ONION: I love red onions when it comes to pasta recipes, they’re colorful, healthy and packed with antioxidants. But feel free to use any onion you have!

HERBS: I used fresh chopped parsley, but fresh basil or thyme are totally fine instead of parsley.

Close-up of a bowl full of this vegetarian pasta dish.

What to serve on the side? You might indulge in a special Italian meal adding a side of  focaccia with olives or some simply, quick, no knead focaccia.

If you’d like to add more protein to your meal, serve this pasta with tomatoes and zucchini with a quick cannellini bean salad or Italian chickpea salad. Otherwise, a tomato and onion salad or tomato and cucumber salad if you prefer a light and fresh salad!

More easy pasta recipes?

I’m a big fan of vegetarian and vegan pasta recipes, and I’ve shared quite a few recipes. Love the convenience and how versatile it is.
Here some of my fav ideas:

If you make this pasta with tomatoes and zucchini or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you! x

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Top view of a bowl full of pasta with tomatoes and zucchini.
Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Pasta with Tomatoes and Zucchini

This quick pasta with tomatoes and zucchini is bursting with flavor, juicy, and packed with fresh vegetables. It makes a terrific vegan family meal ready in about 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta with tomatoes and zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Katia

Ingredients

PASTA

  • 8 oz (220 grams) pasta (penne, fusilli, spaghetti…)

TOMATOES AND ZUCCHINI

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ red onion (any other color is fine), diced
  • 1 lb (450 grams) zucchini, diced
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • 10 oz (300 grams) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

To serve (optional)

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

PASTA

  • Fill a large pot with salty water and place over high heat to bring it to a boil. Add the pasta to the pot while you're cooking the zucchini.
  • Cook until al dente according to the package directions. Reserve about ½ cup of cooking water when you drain the pasta.

TOMATOES AND ZUCCHINI

  • Cut the tomatoes in half, and dice onion and zucchini. If zucchini is large, cut it lengthwise, than cut each half into three long batons. Then slice off the seeds from each baton and cut it into ½-inch cubes.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large non-stick sauté pan. Add the red onions and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft and pale purple in color, 5-6 minutes. Do not brown.
  • Add the zucchini, chili flakes, about ¼ tsp of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Give a good stir and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or until the zucchini are cooked but still crisp, not mushy.
  • Add the tomatoes, stir and cook until the skins burst and the tomatoes begin to release their juices, about 4 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
  • Add pasta and parsley to the pan and toss gently to combine. Add a touch of pasta cooking water if the pasta dries out (you don't need all of it, but use just as much as you need to keep everything moist and juicy).
  • Taste again and make sure you're happy with the seasoning.
  • Remove from the stove and serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and garnished with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if you wish.

Notes

Storage: it keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
Reheating – Pasta dries out when refrigerated overnight. For the best results, reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta cooking water and add when reheating, make sure to add some to the pasta and toss well until moist. 
You can gently reheat in a non-stick pan over medium-low heat or in the microwave. 
Nutrition facts: Please note that the nutrition values are based on an online nutrition calculator.  It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving (the extra parmesan cheese for serving and the final drizzle of olive oil are not included).
 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe for a plant base meal I just used nutritional yeast instead parmesan cheese . I made it for my husband birthday dinner . My two little one 2.5 and 5 y old enjoyed too. Thank you so much for your health recipes !

    1. You’re so welcome, Yenly! I’m so pleased to hear the whole family enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent. I made it plant-based by using veg broth instead of oil, used brown rice spaghetti and added a few pine nuts on top. Delicious. Thank you

    1. I’m so pleased, Gabriel! Thanks for taking the time to share your lovely feedback.
      Cheers x

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