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Zucchini Flowers & Zucchini With Pasta

Updated on July 1, 2016

The Start of Zucchini Season.

This is the start of zucchini season. As you will see if my pictures the zucchini plants are in full bloom and the zucchinis will be ready to pick in a few days. The flowers are delectable, not only pretty but delicious.

You never heard of eating zucchini flowers?? Well, don't worry, a lot of people haven't. But, trust me, if you taste them you will love them. I tell you which ones to pick and how to clean them and cook them. They make a great appetizer too. My aunt actually stuffs them. I have not tried that yet.

So with the plants in full bloom, why not start with eating the flowers until the zucchini are ready to pick? Once the zucchini are mature enough to pick they seem to grow over night. There have been years where I was giving them away because I didn't know what to do with them all.

If you have never grown anything in your garden and would like to, I suggest you start with zucchini plants. They are the easiest plants to grow and there must be at least a "million" recipes on the internet.

Zucchini Plants and Flowers

Zucchini flowers cooked and ready to eat.
Zucchini flowers cooked and ready to eat. | Source
Zucchini plant
Zucchini plant | Source
Another zucchini plant.
Another zucchini plant. | Source
Zucchini plant
Zucchini plant | Source

Zucchini Flowers

There are certain flowers you don't want to pick. The ones that are attached to a zucchini are to be left alone or the zucchini will not grow. Pick only the flowers that are attached to a stem. (See the middle picture of the zucchini plants. The flower on the left is attached to a zucchini the one of the right is on a stem.)

To cook the flowers: First clean them by pulling off the little stems on the outside and the yellow center; be gentle, they tear easily. Then gently rinse them under cool water and put them on a paper towel to dry a little.

It depends on how many flowers you pick -

I have about 8 or 9 in my picture. For this amount mix 2 eggs, a little salt and pepper, about a tablespoon of grating cheese, and about 2 tablespoons of milk, mix together in a dish.

In another dish mix about 1/2 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and dried crushed parsley, all to taste.

Dip the flowers in the egg mixture first and then in the flour mixture and fry in a heated pan with the oil on medium high heat. It doesn't take long for them to get a golden color, then they do, turn them and let them cook on the other side. Place them on a clean paper towel to let the oil drain. Sprinkle a very little bit of salt on top. Enjoy!





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Zucchini, Pasta, Peas & Mushrooms

This is a dish I found on Pinterest but I had to tweak it because I didn't have exactly the same ingredients and instead of cooking everything in one pot like it said I used a pot and a frying pan. It came our delicious though. It must have been because even my husband liked it and he is my best critic, meaning he isn't afraid to tell me what he thinks.

It's a easy dish to make and a good vegetarian dish. It's also not bad in carbs because I measure the amount of pasta to keep it low and that's what my husband and I are supposed to be doing these days. I hope you give this a try.

Zucchini, Pasta, Peas & Mushrooms

The finished zucchini and pasta dish.
The finished zucchini and pasta dish. | Source
Picture of ingredients.
Picture of ingredients. | Source
Cooking the pasta and vegetables all together.
Cooking the pasta and vegetables all together. | Source
Scooping out the vegetables and pasta to put in the frying pan.
Scooping out the vegetables and pasta to put in the frying pan. | Source
Adding the rest of the ingredients.
Adding the rest of the ingredients. | Source

Tip

You can use what ever pasta you like, even spaghetti. I like this pasta because it holds the peas in the shells and looks pretty.

Don't worry if some of the pasta gets in the frying pan, it just adds to the flavor.

If you don't have Kosher salt and black pepper corns, don't worry, you can use regular salt and pepper.

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 2 people
  • 1 zucchini, cut in pieces
  • 1 cup pasta, uncooked
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup peas & mushrooms, frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • To taste Kosher salt
  • To taste freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. (Remember to double if you are doubling everything else). Add pasta and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the frozen peas and mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes or until the pasta is done to your likeness. After 5 minutes remove pot from burner and with burner still on add the frying pan lowering the heat to medium.
  3. Add the butter to the pan and melt and add all the ingredients from the pot as shown in the picture. and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes stirring so the cheese and cream doesn't stick to the pan. Transfer to your serving dish and Enjoy!

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    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks Linda.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      Linda Rogers 

      24 months ago from Minnesota

      I agree, life and family first. I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday my friend.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Linda. Actually I haven't been on HubPages as much as I used to either. Life situations have a way of building up and taking your time. Family does have to come first. I am back on and am so glad to see you too. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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      Linda Rogers 

      24 months ago from Minnesota

      Hi Rachel-it's been awhile since i've been on HubPages; great to see you. I love your zucchini recipe's. I never knew you could eat the flowers of the zucchini. Very cool and will try it when I make my zucchini fried. NUMMY!

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, Thanks for stopping by and for your great comment. I really appreciate it. There are people in my family that actually love the zucchini flowers more then the zucchini. lol

      Blessings to you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We sadly don't have room to grow zucchini in our yard so have to purchase it. It is a vegetable that is often in our home as so much can be done with it. Both of your recipes sound good. Next time we are at a farmer's market and see zucchini blossoms, I'll have to purchase some. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Pinning so I can easily find the recipes again.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Cornelia, So nice to see you here. Thanks for visiting and the very nice comment. I appreciate it.

      Blessings to you also.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 

      2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you very much again, Rachel. Had no idea that zucchini flowers are edible. And the recipe is fantastic. Should try to make such meal for the kids. God bless! :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pat, Thanks again for visiting me. I know your mind must be on your family right now. My prayers are with you. Thanks for the great comment.

      Blessings to you.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, please. Zucchini is a favorite of mine and this looks like such a lovely way to prepare it. YUM ....I can almost taste it.

      Angels are on the way. Pinning

      ps

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, Sorry to hear about your surgery. I hope it went well for you. T for your really nice comments and for visiting my hub. I appreciate it all.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I did not know about the flowers either, that would be fun! Your recipes look delicious as always. I have been seeing a lot of great recipes at Facebook with zucchini and just sliced thin and added to every dish imaginable and I may start some plants. I have grown them before but had surgery and not up and running yet but am sure I could get some zucchini and squash going. Just have to try those flowers, thank you.

      Sharing.

    • Rachel L Alba profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi purl3agony, Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy seeing your comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Donna Herron 

      2 years ago from USA

      I love fried zucchini, but never knew you could eat the flowers. This sounds delicious! I will have to try your zucchini pasta recipe too. Thanks for sharing and posting!

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