Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta

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Creamy Tomato, Zucchini & Ricotta Pasta - a quick and easy weeknight dinner

 

I can not believe today is the last real day of summer break.  The summer has really just flown by.  Yesterday, I took my son to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  He loves exploring there, and having fun with all of the hands-on exhibits.  We have also had some of friends over to play this week.  And this afternoon we are heading to the pool for our last day of fun.  It seems like there was so much else I planned on us doing, but we just ran out of time.  One of my husband’s college roommates is going to be in town this weekend.  And one of my best friends is going to be here next week, on her move across the country.  So just because school is starting, doesn’t mean things are slowing down around here.

Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

The one thing that is good about the end of summer is all the zucchini that is coming out of my garden.  Last year I got so many zucchini, I did not know what to do with it!  So this year, I only planted 1 plant.  I am still getting more than I know what to do with.  I have a chocolate cake recipe coming up for you next week.  But in the mean time, I am putting it in pasta, salads, and just about anything I can think of.  It seems that everyone who grows zucchini has more they can deal with, so just ask your neighbors or co-workers if you don’t have any, I am sure they have plenty!  And with this ricotta pasta, you can even use up some of those tomatoes that are in your garden as well.  Canned tomatoes will work just as well, so don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb 🙂

Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta - fresh zucchini and tomatoes in a creamy ricotta sauce

The original recipe for this ricotta pasta called for making your own ricotta.  It sounds pretty quick and easy, just boiling milk and buttermilk and then draining.  But I took a shortcut and just used store bought ricotta.  So easy, and dinner is ready in just a few minutes.  If you have the time and motivation to make your own, please come back and let me know how it worked out!  Serve this zucchini pasta with a salad or a loaf of crusty bread and you have a great quick and easy dinner.  The leftovers are great the next day for lunch as well!

Creamy Tomato, Zucchini & Ricotta Pasta - a quick and easy weeknight dinner
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Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta

By Erin
A quick and easy pasta dish with zucchini and tomatoes in a creamy ricotta sauce.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients 

  • 12 oz bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 12 oz spaghetti, or other long cut pasta
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 medium size zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes, (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbls basil leaves

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, and cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid.
  • In a skillet brown Italian sausage until cooked through.
  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the zucchini, and saute for a couple minutes. Add garlic, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Saute for 2 more minutes, until zucchini is almost cooked. Add tomatoes, and stir until warmed.
  • In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, zucchini mixture, sausage, and ricotta cheese. Stir until well combined. Add reserved cooking liquid if it needs to be thinned out. Stir in basil.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 1084mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 461
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Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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10 Comments

  1. Handsome is sad because summer is almost over for us to (and heck, we don’t even have to go back to school!) but he has been sick all summer with lymes disease and it’s really ruined it. Poooo. But, he does love himself some hearty pasta dishes – this would perk him up! And give him some much needed calories right now. Thank you so much for the inspiration 😀

  2. This sounds awesome but I’ll most likely make mine vegetarian. I’ll add a little mushroom and red onion. Thanks for this. I wish I could grow zuchinni…more to it, I wish I could grow ANYTHING, but I have the blackest thumb you’ve ever seen. In fact, I swear I hear plants moan as I walk by. 🙁 Fresh produce stands are my best friends.

    1. Sorry for the delayed response. I am sure you could – I would probably just leave out the zucchini in the recipe.