Zucchini Tomato Kale Pasta

This zucchini tomato kale pasta packs all the flavors of summer into one pasta dish. Simple to throw together and ready in under 30 minutes!

This zucchini tomato kale pasta packs all the flavors of summer into one pasta dish. Simple to throw together and ready in under 30 minutes!

Believe it or not I don’t make a lot of pasta. I mean I love pasta (who doesn’t?) but it’s weirdly not something I think of when I’m thinking of last minute dinner ideas. In fact if I’m being completely honest we don’t even keep pasta in our pantry. I feel like admitting this means I should move out of New York. I’m pretty sure most New Yorkers live off pasta and make it AT LEAST once a week.

I remember when I first moved to NY my nanny family were total pasta lovers. They would get home from work and my male boss would fire up the stove and make pasta every single night. He made the most awesome red sauce and would either cover his pasta in sauce or cover it in this delicious chicken soup like concoction. The funny thing is that even though I had fed the kids dinner they woudl still sit in the kitchen and enjoy a bowl of pasta with their parents. At first I was worried they would think I was starving their kids since they ate second dinner every night but soon I realize it was tradition.

It’s cool. Even I started popping into the kitchen for a small bowl of late night pasta. Who doesn’t want to go to bed with a belly full of farfalle?

This zucchini tomato kale pasta packs all the flavors of summer into one pasta dish. Simple to throw together and ready in under 30 minutes!

However, when I moved out of their house I left the late night pasta eating tradition with their family. My sauce never tasted the same (seriously this sauce is soooooooo freaking good!) and I still had the bad midwest habit of overcooking my pasta so I just gave up.

Then I realized I was acting crazy because pasta is the best quick weeknight meal ever. So I started making it more often (by more often I mean maybe once a month) but still only picking up pasta as needed. That’s sorta where this pasta was born. I had a bowl full of fresh produce and a box full of spaghetti that I found in my pantry. I was actually pretty shocked when I stumbled upon it because as I stated earlier, pasta is usually not in my pantry. Plus it was lunch time and I was starving!

So I threw a bunch of veggies in a pan, tossed it with the fresh made pasta and boom – lunch. Not to sound all cheesy but it’s totally summertime on a plate. Or in a bowl. Really it’s summertime in whatever vessel you use to serve your pasta.

Plus it’s a really good way to use up summer zucchini because I know that stuff is just about exploding out of everyones gardens.

This zucchini tomato kale pasta packs all the flavors of summer into one pasta dish. Simple to throw together and ready in under 30 minutes!

 

Looking for more delicious pasta dishes? Try my 20 minute kalamata olive, tomato and caper pasta, Italian sausage and kale pasta or my spring vegetable pappardelle.

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Zucchini Tomato Kale Pasta

This zucchini tomato kale pasta packs all the flavors of summer into one pasta dish. Simple to throw together and ready in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cup chopped curly kale
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound cooked spaghetti
  • Gratd Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions:

In a large skillet set over medium high heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in zucchini.

Cook for a few minutes until the zucchini starts to soften but is not mushy. Add in garlic and kale and saute for a few minutes more.

Remove the vegetables from the heat and throw in tomatoes, basil and fresh pasta. Toss to combine and drizzle with addition olive oil if the pasta is too dry.

Serve as is or with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

 

14 Responses to “Zucchini Tomato Kale Pasta”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I can understand not eating a lot of pasta! We eat it about once a month and I always love it when we have it! Making something zucchini-filled like this sounds like a fabulous plan!

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    Amy Stafford — August 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I love the line ‘midwest habit of overcooking pasta’. My mother n law is from sicily and when I got married she told me one of the successes to keeping my husband happy was not over cooking my pasta. BAH! Love this recipe it is gorgeous and I have a garden full zucchini, kale and tomatoes.

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    Laura @MotherWouldKnow — August 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I love pasta and kale – I learned form Brian Samuel’s great recipe for pasta and sea scallops (on A Thought for Food), that if you cut the rib out of kale, roll it like a cigar and then cut it in ribbons, it’s so thin and luscious and not at all bitter.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — August 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I’m totally a pastaholic (I’m Italian, after all)! Love this dish with all it’s fresh veggie goodness!

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker — August 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Fellow New Yorker here, but like you I’m not native, and I don’t eat a lot of pasta either. And of course I do love it! I’ve very unfortunately found that eating a lot of it is incompatible with maintaining a healthy weight, but we definitely indulge from time to time. 🙂

    I love all these fresh summer veggies though, I’m guessing I wouldn’t feel the least bit guilty about your pasta dish here!

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    Debra @ Bowl Me Over — August 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    So much zucchini – loving every new recipe i see to use it! This looks really good!!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — August 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Confession. I also don’t keep pasta in my pantry. However, I would make a special trip to the store to buy some so I can make this easy, fresh, summer veggie loaded pasta!

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    Julia — August 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Pasta is my favorite. I could eat it every day…and kale + pasta is even better. Love this dish!

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — August 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This is one beautiful pasta dish! Loving all those fresh veggies in there!

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    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free — August 4, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I saw this gorgeous pasta on Facebook! Those noodles are so perfectly tossed – natural, yet is it possible for them to fall that nicely? 🙂 Great mix of veggies, too.

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — August 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    The perfect summer pasta, Brandy – love how many veggies you’ve packed into this one!

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    Joanne — August 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I have to admit, we do eat pasta pretty frequently..but that’s mostly because it’s the only thing I KNOW the.boy will eat no matter what’s in it! I know I would love all the fresh flavors in this sauce…it totally screams summer!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 4, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    This is heavenly – and I have to go pick up a box of pasta for our house, too. We don’t keep much in the house, mostly because I know that I will eat it All dahhyyyy longggg if it’s around. Maybe if I pile it high with these gorgeous veggies that will help!

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    Susan | LunaCafe — August 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Looks delicious. My pantry is LOADED with pasta. Every imaginable type, including Asian varieties. And the fridge has several packages of fresh pasta as well..So you know I’m going to make this. Like tonight. 🙂

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