Creamy zucchini pasta sauce recipe with parmesan

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Introducing my new creamy zucchini pasta sauce! This delightful dish combines the freshness of zucchini with the richness of parmesan. With just six simple ingredients, this creamy zucchini pasta sauce recipe with parmesan is delicious and a great way to use frozen or fresh zucchini from your garden or farmer’s market.

Creamy zucchini sauce with parmesan over fresh pasta.
Creamy Zucchini Sauce with Parmesan. Photo credit: Recipes from Leftovers.

This quick dish makes a nice change from tomato sauce over cooked pasta. It’s a good recipe the whole family will love and a new recipe to try when you’re up to your elbows in garden zucchini!

I’ve also found that it is an easy recipe to make with kids.

How to make this creamy zucchini pasta recipe

Zucchini Pasta with Parmesan.
Zucchini Pasta with Parmesan. Photo credit: Recipes from Leftovers.

​During the summer, we get a glut of zucchini from our garden, and I’m always looking for new dishes to try. After all, my kids will only eat so many zucchini muffins. 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 2 tbsps minced garlic
  • 3 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

You’ll find a list of substitutions and additions down below.

Directions

Here’s how to make this dish.

Use these step-by-step instructions.

  1. Melt butter and garlic in a large skillet on medium heat, add zucchini and saute until fully cooked.
  2. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock stirring to release any bits left on the pan.
  3. Pour the zucchini and chicken stock mixture into the food processor. Blend on high until pureed.
  4. Transfer zucchini puree back to your skill. Add in parmesan and heavy cream, stirring until well incorporated.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over your favorite short pasta, long pasta or chicken.

Serving suggestions

Forked pasta
Linguine with creamy zucchini sauce. Photo credit: Recipes from Leftovers.

This easy recipe is sure to become one of your family’s favorite recipes. It’s an easy meal for busy worknights and lends itself well to variations and additions. And by the way, if you like this recipe, I know you’ll love our Easy Homemade Four Cheese Tortellini Recipe with basil cheese filling. It’s delicious!

Serve this creamy sauce over your favorite pasta. Just boil a large pot of water when you start prepping the cream sauce. 

​Want to add more protein? Make a healthy shrimp scampi by adding 2 cups of cooked small shrimp.

​Or add 1 1/2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken.

This creamy zucchini pasta sauce recipe also makes a great side dish for Italian sausage or pork chops.

The first time you make this recipe, try the original. Then for future meals, try one of the substitutions or additions.

Substitutions and additions

You could use olive oil instead of butter.

Or coconut milk instead of heavy cream. (I haven’t tried this yet with this recipe. However, I did notice in another dish I made that the coconut milk was a bit thinner than regular cream.

Change the flavor of this creamy zucchini sauce when you add fresh herbs. Any of these work well to add extra flavor:

  • fresh basil
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh thyme
  • ​red pepper flakes
  • lemon zest
  • a dash of coconut milk 

And don’t forget to finish your meal with a slice of raspberry lemon cheesecake for dessert.

Storing your zucchini pasta sauce

Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within three days. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a good way to freeze my creamy pasta sauce recipes without changing the consistency.

Yield: 6 servings

Creamy Zucchini Pasta Sauce Recipe with Parmesan

Zucchini Pasta with Parmesan.

With just six ingredients, our savory creamy zucchini pasta sauce recipe with parmesan is an easy meal or side dish.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 2 tbsps minced garlic
  • 3 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt butter and garlic in a skillet on medium heat, add zucchini and saute until fully cooked.
  2. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock stirring to release any bits left on the pan.
  3. Pour zucchini and chicken stock mixture into the food processor. Blend on high until pureed.
  4. Transfer zucchini puree back to your skill. Add in parmesan and heavy cream, stirring until well incorporated.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve over noodles or chicken. 

Notes

See post for list of substitutions, additions, and serving suggestions.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 71mgSodium 452mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 8g

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3 Comments

  1. Just made a big batch of this sauce to use throughout the week. It’s so convenient to have on hand for quick meals. I used coconut milk instead of heavy cream, and it turned out delicious.

  2. This recipe is a game-changer! Quick, easy, and amazing flavors. Versatile too. I used it with pasta and chicken.

  3. I’m always trying to get more veggies into my kids bellies. I’ve never thought of doing this they loved it I was shocked lol

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