ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pasta With Italian Style Zucchini…Healthy and Delicious!

Updated on December 17, 2014
Italian Zucchini with Tomatoes
Italian Zucchini with Tomatoes | Source

What’s the Difference Between Zucchini and Squash?

What is the difference between zucchini and squash? Many of us use the words interchangeably, but the two are not exactly the same. Zucchini is actually part of the squash family. Zucchini is often referred to as “summer squash” because it is harvested in August and September. Squash is normally harvested in late fall. The “pumpkin” is also part of the squash family. Both zucchini and squash were originally grown in North America, but zucchini was cultivated in Italy, which is where it got its name.

Zucchini or Squash?
Zucchini or Squash? | Source

Italian Zucchini and Tomato Recipe

There are many ways you can cook zucchini, including frying, baking and roasting. It can also be simmered and cooked on the stove with diced tomatoes, basil and other seasoning to create an Italian dish that I know too well called Italian Zucchini.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Approximately 5-6 servings
Cast your vote for Pasta with Italian Style Zucchini
Chopped Zucchini
Chopped Zucchini | Source
Fresh Basil and Tomatoes
Fresh Basil and Tomatoes | Source


  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. zucchini, yellow or green
  • ½ cup chopped cherry tomatoes, or a large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh, chopped basil, or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 glove chopped garlic, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion, or ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, (I recommend Filippo Berio Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil)
  • Dash salt
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1 lb. pasta, (I suggest wide rigatoni, or penne)
  • Optional ingredients: tomato sauce, and grated romano/parmesan cheese


  1. Fill large pot of water to boil (for pasta).
  2. In large pan, add 2 teaspoons olive oil, chopped zucchini, tomatoes, and seasonings. Mix gently.
  3. Simmer on stove using medium to low setting, for approximately 15-20 minutes. Periodically mix with care. Zucchini should be tender but not mushy.
  4. While zucchini is cooking, add pasta to boiled water, stir and cook for 10-12 minutes until al dente.
  5. Warm up some of your favorite tomato sauce, if desired for topping. Otherwise, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to pasta to prevent sticking.
  6. To serve, add pasta on flat dish, and top with cooked zucchini and tomatoes.
  7. Top with chopped or dry basil, and if desired, add a little tomato sauce and grated cheese,
Italian Zucchini and Tomato
Italian Zucchini and Tomato | Source

Count Your Healthy Calories (Nutrition Information is Estimated)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 5-6 oz. (pasta and zucchini)
Calories 275
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Carbohydrates 50 g17%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 9 g18%
Sodium 250 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Note About Nutrition Content

Note: To estimate nutrition content, I used an app called MyFitnessPal. I calculated each of the ingredients, including sauteed zucchini, olive oil and pasta, estimating the amount, and tabulated the total amount. Please use the nutrition content only as a guide.

Other Dinner Ideas

Compliment your dinner with a colorful strawberry garden salad, including:

  • Spring mix and iceberg letter
  • Mini carrots
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Chopped red onion
  • Low-calorie dressing (Suggestion: I like Seven Seas Italian Dressing mix that you make yourself in a cruet; I use half the oil and add extra water instead to save calories, and it’s still delicious!)

Garden Strawberry Salad
Garden Strawberry Salad | Source

Another Quick Dinner Idea: Rainbow Vegetables Over Pasta

Another quick dinner recipe is mixed vegetables over pasta. I call this dish, Rainbow Vegetables Over Pasta.Use the same ingredients and instructions except instead of the zucchini and tomatoes, use a colorful mix of chopped vegetables. I like to buy already chopped fresh vegetables from my supermarket and sauteed half to top over angel hair pasta.

Whatever vegetable you prepare, consider using “fresh” ingredients rather than frozen or canned ingredients for the best tasting, healthiest dishes.

Dinner is served!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Note: This is Hub #13 of 30 of my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.

Fresh Mixed Vegetables
Fresh Mixed Vegetables | Source

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)