Creamy Ricotta and Zucchini Pasta


I’m a huge fan of zucchini noodles but sometimes I just need some pasta. So I thought, why not both? Plus, this recipe doesn’t require a spiralizer since you can simply thinly slice the zucchini for this. Adding some veggies to your pasta is the perfect way to bulk up your dinner so you can enjoy a sizeable serving without totally carbo-loading.

ricotta pasta with vegetables

I had some ricotta on hand because I was planning on making zucchini lasagna but I decided to use it as a pasta sauce instead. This almost has an alfredo-like creaminess but it’s a bit lower in calories.

vegetarian pasta with zucchini

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Creamy Ricotta and Zucchini Pasta
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed or minced
  • 4 oz whole grain pasta
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the onion.
  2. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes until it begins to carmelize.
  3. Slice the zucchini into thin half moon pieces.
  4. Add to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until it begins to soften.
  5. Add in the cherry tomatoes and garlic and cook, covered, over low heat for 5 more minutes.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package.
  7. Once the pasta is done, add in the ricotta, salt, pepper and vegetables.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve!

  pasta with ricotta and vegetables This meal came together so easily, which was nice since we had kind of a crazy weekend! We tackled about a dozen lingering house projects and it feels so good to have them crossed off the list! We finished up trim on the stairs,  bought a new TV,  sold the old TVs on Craigslist, purchased the supplies for a bar cart project, converted one of our kitchen cabinets into a hidden trash compartment, fixed the top drawer of the dishwasher, bought and assembled a bookcase for the sunroom. Alex did the hard parts but I tried to be a good assistant!

Oh, and we got a treadmill!

basic treadmill I’ve always wanted a treadmill so I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe it’s here! It arrived on Thursday afternoon and by Thursday night, it was all set up! Just wait until you see the desk that Alex built for it…

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

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