Bulk up your pasta with some zucchini (and goat cheese, of course)


Zucchini ribbons.

FINALLY.  A reason to dust off my mandoline.  I’m the first person to tell you not to buy a kitchen gadget you won’t use very often and yet, I’m also the person who  has to stash half my kitchen gadgets in the guest bedroom closet. I got this mandoline…umm, about 2 years ago. I think one time I took it out of the box and pretended like I was going to use it but then…I didn’t.

And I’m not going to lie…using it was kind of a pain. The zucchini did not exactly stay attached to that gripper/slider thing they give you. I think it’s meant more for potatoes and tomatoes than zucchini. So I ended up using my hand and then throwing away part of the zucchini for fear I would grate half my hand into the mix.  But I will certainly say that the ribbons were much nicer and more uniform than when I have made similar dishes to this before and I’m going to try to keep the dust off the mandoline.

Zucchini ribbons (or other vegetables sliced thinly) are a great way to bulk up pasta. You can fool yourself into thinking you are eating more pasta, and of course there are the added health benefits. Combined with some chicken sausage for protein and some sundried tomatoes and goat cheese (because both are awesome), this is a great, easy pasta dish.  This pasta is done in the time it takes the spaghetti to cook, so it’s perfect for a weeknight, too.

I’m going to submit this over to Ruth from Once Upon a Feast, the lovely creator of Presto Pasta Night!

Bulk up your pasta with some zucchini (and goat cheese, of course)

19 thoughts on “Bulk up your pasta with some zucchini (and goat cheese, of course)

  1. I, too, have been playing around with vegetable ribbons and lightening up pasta (and other) dishes but I bought a small hand mandoline at BBB for less than $20 and it works great.

  2. My mandoline seems only to like slicing..the julienne setting has yet to be successful. Oh well.

    Your pasta looks absolutely heavenly. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. It’s always a treat when you do.

  3. This looks fabulous – all my favorite flavors! Unfortunately in order to make it I will need to buy a mandoline which I have been searching for!

  4. Hi Elly! Love your blog, especially as you too are using Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries this year. I have undertaken a challenge to cook every recipe from this book during 2009 – I am currently on number 133! Do check out my blog if you are interested in how I get on at http://maggiedon.blogspot.com. We had the cobbler the other week when I went friends’ for lunch – it was great, and we liked it a little less on the sweet side – easily adapted for individual tast!

  5. This looks fabulous. I have been wanting to try a pasta incorporating the vegetable ribbons. I love the flavor combination of this dish and will definitely be trying it in the near future. Thanks for another great recipe.

  6. The zucchini ribbons look really nice. The pasta dish looks fantastic and healthy. I haven’t done PPN for a while now, and I should really participate next time. I hope all is well.

  7. This is exactly the kind of dish I’d want chicken sausage in. Good point about bulking up pasta with veggies, definitely something to remember.

  8. Thank you! I was just reading your bio after I saw the “Coobah” chicken recipe. I live in Chicago, too. I love Coobah.

  9. I just discovered chicken sausage and really like it – flavorful and light. I do not even want to own a mandoline. I have zucchini in my freezer from last summer – some sliced, some shredded. I’m going to try your recipe tonight with the frozen zucchini adaptation. I’m trying to lose a few pounds so will probably only make enough pasta for my husband and enjoy the rest of the flavors without it. Thanks!

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