Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Sauce

Here’s a great recipe to make for kids, even those who say they don’t like zucchini will eat this delicious yet simple recipe.

Bow Tie pasta in zucchini sauce


4 cups whole wheat bow tie pasta, about 1/2 pound
3 cloves garlic
4 medium zucchini, enough for 4 cups grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper, fresh ground


1) Cook pasta according to package instructions. While pasta is cooking, begin next steps.

2) Peel and mince garlic, set aside.

3) Rinse and grate zucchini by hand or in a food processor. If using fresh parmesan, finely grate the cheese.

grated zucchini  grated parmesan

4) Use a large saucepan. Turn flame to medium. Add the olive oil and butter and let melt a minute.

Melted olive oil and butter

5) Add garlic, stir one minute more, then add the grated zucchini.

Zucchini Sauce

6) Cook until mixture softens, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.

Zucchini Sauce

7) Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid.

Pasta Water

8) Add 2-3 tablespoons cooking liquid to the zucchini mixture. Add the drained pasta and stir, adding more liquid as needed.

9) Transfer pasta to a bowl and mix in ¾ cup of the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Sprinkle on top the remainder of the parmesan.


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