Zucchini Coins with Fettucine

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Good food doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact some of our favorite meals are very simple and not complicated at all. For a few dollars and less than 30 minutes you could have this on your table, and probably some leftovers for lunch the next day.

We enjoy meatless meals often. Sometimes I walk up to the meat counter and do a blank stare.

Been there, done that, did it! Don’t get me wrong, we’re meat eaters, but I have to say my favorite sections at the markets are the produce sections, I just love the variety, in fact that’s where I spend most of my money!

For this dish, cut your zucchini into coins and saute in olive oil till golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. In the meantime have your water boiling for your 1lb of pasta. In the same pan you sauteed your zucchini, add 2 shaved garlic cloves and about 1/4 cup of olive oil cook till light golden, also add some pine nuts till toasty. Add your cooked pasta and about 3/4 cup of reserved pasta water.

Turn off your heat, add back your zucchini, a good amount of grated romano, and chopped fresh parsley. Toss gently.
Believe it or not I’ve never had a veggie garden, I usually only want to grow tons of herbs, especially my beloved basil!
This year hubby’s going to try organic veggies (he’s the gardener) he just broke ground on Saturday. I’ll show you how things go as we progress.

Buon Appetito!!
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  1. This is definitely going to happen this week. Love zucchini. And grow it. But like you, grow more basil than anything. Started my seeds indoors – all from Italy. I will be an Italian gardener in Minnesota.

  2. This look perfect for me because I don’t want to eat meat, it is a delicious dish

  3. That pasta looks so good! Sometimes a meatless dinner is refreshing, especially in the heat of summer.

  4. Isn’t it true about how you can make a good meal with inexpensive ingredients. Wait till you get that vegetable garden going. I can’t wait to see what great meals you dream up using those goodies. I’ve got my little tomato seedlings going indoors and can’t wait for those babies to make it to maturity.

  5. Yum! We just planted out garden yesterday and have two zucchini plants. Last year we had so many zucchini that we were giving them away. This recipe will have a safe place in my kitchen until our harvest. I also have tons of herbs – makes cooking so much more fun.

  6. I love to eat my veggies:D

  7. My favorite dinner is pasta cooked in a similar with any and all vegetables.

  8. Henry will be proud of you (organic garden!). I can’t wait to see the bounty!

  9. I love when zucchini is browned a little like this. The pasta looks delicious! As kids we always liked pepperoni sauteed with our zucchini. It would be great in this pasta too!

  10. Looks delicious! We have that (minus the pine nuts) a lot during the summer when my zukes are overflowing. I have never been without a garden. You will love it. I have one 8 foot long raised bed just for herbs! I grow tons of basil for my pesto! I encourage everyone to grow something good to eat! Yeah for you!

  11. This is one of my favorite dishes. I love pasta with one or two ingredients. I also adore zucchini coins sauteed in olive oil. I could probably live on them.

    Like you – I’m an herb, not a vegetable, gardener. We have massive issues with deer and I’m just not up to putting up an electric fence or what not, so I do container gardening on our balcony and find that herbs do better. I’d love to hear how your husband’s gardening goes.

  12. Hi! I’ve followed your blog for a while but just recently set up a blogger account. I’m part Italian and LOVE your recipes. This one looks particularly good to me because I love zucchini, especially when pasta is involved! Best of luck to you and your husband with your vegetable garden. My husband and I live in downtown Chicago now, so it’s just herbs for us. We’re looking forward to having a backyard someday!

  13. Did you bless the ground with a little Italian booze of some sort?;)
    (you really should 🙂
    One shot for you, one for the ground..get it? haha

  14. Just found your blog and love this recipe. Will definately add it to my favourites.

    And send really positive thoughts for your new veggie garden. My Dear Dad did something similar in our Spring last year. His raised garden produced beutiful veg for Mum and Dad right over Spring and Summer and beyond. Now it is well and truely Autumn here Dad is replanting for Winter and beyond.

    I got to enjoy cooking and eating the Summer produce when up with them for Christmas. I’ll next be up there for their 50th wedding anniversary in June and hope to be cooking more of Dad’s veg.

    All my raving and rambling here is meant to be an encouragement for you and your dear Husband, hope all your garden grows well over the next few months,

    kind wishes and thoughts from me, Michelle in NZ

  15. Can’t wait to see your garden bloom.

    This meal looks amazing – I love zucchini with pasta. Delicious.

  16. That. Zucchini. Looks. PERFECT! I totally agree about sometimes craving something without meat. I would totally gobble this up. YUM! Good luck with your garden! How wonderful that your hubby has a green thumb! 🙂

  17. can we get yoru hubby to come over here next? that would be wonderful to have a helping hand. my hubby has a black thumb! lol
    love this dish and I will try it soon as we still have cold crappy weather and I still need to eat my comfort/pasta meals.

  18. Delicious looking pasta, I realy like zucchinis too, but never really try to make it for my pasta. I should remember this recipe next time.

  19. Looks great… I love using zucchini with pasta.

  20. I love zucchini prepared this way and then tossed with pasta and parm…I need some now. Looks fantastic, Marie, and good luck with the garden.

  21. This is such a beautiful, fresh pasta dish, Marie! It can only get better when you pick your first zucchini from the garden to use. Looks like you have nice dirt in your Chicago backyard. 🙂

    P.S. Plant extra squash so you can use the blossoms; they are soooo good, as I’m sure you know!

  22. Hi Marie!
    Wow that looks so good. It makes me long for summer and the over abundance of zucchini from our garden. Your hubs plot looks great-I wish him well with the veg.

    Our ground is too wet to work yet so I’m getting itchy for gardening season. Sending you lots of love from our corner of the garden!

  23. Lucky you with the garden. Feel free to have me come over for surplus produce. Love the idea od zucchini coins!

  24. I love zucchini too Marie. Good luck with the garden — nothing like picking your own fresh veggies! Wish I had a yeard like yours to do the same.

  25. This is my kind of dinner, Marie. I always hear that zucchini is a great and easy vegetable to grow. I am dying to start a small vegetable garden, but I probably need to stick with herbs in pots for a while. I will look forward to following the progress of your garden!

  26. I could have gone for this last night! This looks good!

  27. Great dish and I can’t wait to see the garden grow!

  28. I’m always looking for good recipes for zucchini. Thanks.

  29. You do have a way with zucchini.

    I am trying to make a weekly meatless dinner a tradition in my household. If nothing else, it forces me to be more creative.

  30. This is my kind of meal. The zucchini looks so yummy.
    Have fun with the garden.

  31. I just picked up some zucchinis at the market and this is exactly what I’m going to do with them! This looks delicious!

    I’m so excited for your garden! I just dug up a small spot for mine the other day and am going organic too. My grandfather just gave me a ton of san marzano tomato plants so they are going in next weekend! Good luck with yours, can’t wait to see it grow!

  32. I can do this dish, easy breezy! Love zucchini and I can whip up anything with a pasta!!!

    So I had to catch up a bit on your last couple of posts…I loved reading about your random facts about you… I sooo relate to so many of them especially the night owl one…I’m always up past midnight, but then I sleep in too, I’m not a good morning person at all. LOL

    Thanks for your visit today and your support my friend, thanks! 😉

    Your garden is going to be wonderful…

  33. How fun.. I love gardening! Nice bug plot of ground too Marie, that will be beautiful! And your little zucchini coins are yummy looking. I could eat zucchini till it came out of my ears. Wouldn’t that be pretty! 🙂

  34. This looks so so delicious! I cannot wait to try it! I read your blog about the governor and I was shocked! I worked in Chicago and was in that neighborhood often and even had ice cream with some of the security guys in front of the governors house! CRAZY! What happened that he was removed from office?

  35. Just right for when my husband is away, always looking for easy tasty meals to cook for one. 🙂

  36. This is fantastic, I would love to have this for dinner. We have a garden this yr too. I can’t wait to see it grow!!!

  37. looks great we live in our motorhome full time I really miss my garden!

  38. Just astounding how beautiful your photos turn out. Isn’t it amazing what some olive oil and a few pine nuts can do for almost any veggie. Num!

    Good luck with the garden. We’re probably going to be in our yardless condo for another year so I’m very jealous of your dirt! ; )

  39. This looks delicious. I love meatless pastas midweek…and meat filled pastas on the weekends.

  40. That looks so good! Its hard to believe that you can make such a fantastic dinner for only a few dollars, but thats one of the benefits of making the occasional meatless meal.

    Not only does skipping meat now and then save you money, it can also improve your health! Did you know that meat consumption has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer? These illnesses are four of the largest killers in the United States and they’re all preventable.

    You don’t have to become a full vegetarian to help your well-being; even a small change in what you eat makes a huge impact. I work on a non-profit health campaign called Meatless Monday, which encourages Americans to forgo meat once a week to improve their health. Skipping meat one day a week reduces your saturated fat intake by 15%, which is a easy way to decrease your risk of illness.

    For tips, recipes, and more information about the campaign you can visit our website, http://www.MeatlessMonday.com

  41. Hello Marie, We love roasted Zucchini here, hubby just walked by and said oh that looks lovely lol, I think it will be a meatless Friday for us tomorrow. hope your hubbies veggie patch is plentiful for you, we just planted toms, peppers and more herbs. Happy Easter my friend, hugs, Kathy.

  42. this is defintely not an expensive meal…. interesting here, i usually have my zucchini in ribbons! yours look awesome!

  43. That zucchini pasta looks nice and simple and tasty!

  44. wtf is up with this guy kevin?
    his comments kill me

    but i digress…

    this is my kind of pasta. a good vegetable, pinenuts and shaved parm – wonderful olive oil – and i am done. although a littl pancetta goes a long way too. but that’s in a class of its own, right? hardly just meat…

  45. I’ve made zucchini coins before and we really liked them. I never thought of serving them with Fettucine. What a great idea. Thanks for the tip.

  46. UsGreeks love our fried zucchini, YUM! I’ve tried a pasta dish with coins like this and I remember it to be rather good.

  47. Yay! A garden! I’m looking forward to reading about all your fresh pickings.

  48. Ahh good luck on your garden. That tilled soil looks so inviting. A blank slate. Just wait till you walk out your bake door on a warm summers eve barefoot and pursue around your vegetable garden to come up with fresh pickin’s for a salad or even a main dish idea.

    I can’t wait to see what new and freshly inspired cooking ideas you will come up with this summer.

    It sounds like your husband will be doing all the work and you will be reaping the rewards.


  49. love your blog.I am an Indian – and I love Italian food though I am just learning to cook it.

    More vegetarian recepies please