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Quick Zucchini Butter Pasta

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5 from 4 reviews


A quick zucchini butter pasta that will become a summer week night staple. Flavoured with lemon, garlic, chilli flakes and fresh basil.


  • Pasta of your choice, 200g dried or 300g fresh
  • 75g butter
  • 3 - 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, plus the zest
  • 2 courgettes, chopped into cubes, slices or both
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan to serve


  1. Get your pasta cooking in a pot of well salted water. This sauce doesn't take long so figure out how long your pasta takes to cook then start the sauce when it has 5 or so minutes left.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan and when almost melted add the garlic and let it gently sizzle for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chilli flakes and again, let them gently sizzle for 30 seconds. The butter should just be gently bubbling so turn your heat down if you need.
  4. Add the lemon juice and whisk really quickly, I love to use a flat whisk when making butter sauces.
  5. Add the zucchini pieces and let them cook in the butter for 1 - 2 minutes. I like them to be quite crunchy, just warmed through.
  6. Add the cooked pasta straight into the sauce with a little splash of pasta water and let it gently bubble away for a minute or two.
  7. Take it off the heat and toss half the torn bail through, reserving the other half for the top.
  8. Top with grated parmesan, lemon zest and a good pinch of salt and pepper.


    • The finished weight of the chopped zucchini was 270g. I didn't quite use the whole two.
    • If you drain your pasta make sure you reserve some pasta water beforehand! I like to time the sauce so I can transfer the pasta straight into it.
    • If you use salted butter you probably won't need to season. Just taste and season to your liking.
    • If you don't like spice, leave the chilli flakes out
    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: Vegetarian
    • Method: Stovetop
    • Cuisine: Italian inspired