Zucchini Pasta in a Butter Sauce

This is a very easy recipe. It might be the easiest thing you ever make for dinner. While most pasta dishes really don't require much effort, this one reigns supreme for reducing dirty dishes. The last thing anyone wants to do is wash excessive dishes. This concept is why this Bachelor Chow chooses to share this recipe with you.

Ingredients

Alternatives

Herbs: As usual any of the herbs in this recipe can be substituted with something else you prefer.

Zucchini: Crookneck squash would work well. Broccoli and cauliflower could also be substituted, though the cooking times may need to be adjusted.

Pasta: It is possible to use ramen in lieu of traditional pasta, but you will have to cook your vegetable separately. The cooking time for ramen is so much less than pasta, not allowing for nearly enough time to share a pot to cook your zucchini in.

Directions

  1. Chop your zucchini into thin, evenly sliced circular slices.
  2. Fill a pot with water, sprinkle with salt to your taste, and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the water has come to a boil, add your pasta and allow to cook for the appropriate amount of time described on the box.
  4. 2 - 3 minutes before your pasta is finished cooking, throw the zucchini slices into the pot and allow to cook.
  5. Once the zucchini is cooked to your liking, drain the pasta and zucchini into a colander.
  6. In the used pot, leave the heat on, add the butter, and allow to heat through and begin to melt.
  7. Return the pasta and zucchini to the pot and remove from the heat.
  8. Add the basil and rosemary and toss until it is thoroughly coated.

The hardest part of this recipe is probably timing the cooking time of the zucchini with the pasta appropriately. If you put the zucchini in too soon, it will overcook and fall apart easily. If you put the zucchini in too late, it is possible to overcook the pasta while waiting for the zucchini to cook. If you aren't comfortable attempting this method, you can always cook the zucchini in a separate pot to ensure proper cooking times. Once you used this technique of cooking, it is very easy to adapt to your own tastes and preferences.