Cheesy Zucchini Pasta

by Maren on August 26, 2013

Hey guys. How’s your (manic) Monday going?

Mine is going pretty darn good. I have the day off so I’ve made a list of a few chores to get done before we leave for vacation. I’m eating the biggest bowl of leftover pasta ever! And I’m shamefully admitting that I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns on Netflix.

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I made this pasta the other night. I told Max to go to a few of my favorite recipe blogs and pick something out. Get the groceries and when I got home from work, I’d make it for him.

He picked Jenna at Eat Live Run’s Zucchini Pasta.

I really wasn’t too jazzed about it when he told me the recipe he’d chosen. I’d had a really tough day at work and Zucchini Pasta sounds so darn healthy and nutritious. I was feeling the need for a big bowl of chocolate brownies or a huge slice of greasy pizza. 

I’ve changed the name to Cheesy Zucchini Pasta because this recipe definitely doesn’t taste healthy. It is, but it tricks those taste buds, that’s for darn sure. I was really happy we had this for dinner and it definitely kicked my eat-my-feelings craving.

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Cheesy Zucchini Pasta
Serves 6
a healthy but doesn't taste healthy tasty pasta!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 16 oz bow-tie pasta
  2. 2 lbs zucchini, sliced
  3. 6 oz chicken sausage (I used a spinach, fontina cheese and garlic kind from Trader Joe’s), sliced
  4. juice of 1 lemon
  5. 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/2 tsp pepper
  8. 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  9. 2 T olive oil
  10. 1 shallot, minced
  11. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until el dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini slices and sausage and saute for 5 minutes or until zucchini is just about tender but not mushy. Add the garlic and shallot and saute for another two minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and add the marscapone cheese and toss well so that the cheese melts. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. The sauce will look broken but will come together when you add the pasta.
  4. Toss in pasta pasta and serve with additional black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
  1. Above is Jenna's recipe to the T!
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And I’ll leave you with a fun picture of the Donner!

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He’ll be 11 months old next week!!!

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Sonia the Mexigarian August 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

yep, going to get them ingredients and making it this week. it looks and sounds yummy. :) Cute picture of Donner! I wish my Lando would like the water as much. haha. D looks so happy. Right in his element!


Maren August 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I know you will LOVE this!!! Ha. Donner loves the water. He’s doing this new thing where he goes for “joy swims”. He goes out and gets the toy but then he just swims around out there and wont bring it back. LOL, it’s hysterical. We really had to coax Donner into the water at first, maybe Lando just needs to be around it more.


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This looks delish! I remember when Jenna’s posted that recipe, I wasn’t too thrilled about it either. haha.

I love that bottom picture of Donner! I also love your new logo for the new tab in the browser. The blue and white skillet — so cute!


Maren August 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I know right… seems too healthy. Definitely give it a try. It really is pretty tasty. Thanks!!! I’m glad you like it.


Alysia @ Slim Sanity August 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

That meal sounds amazing! I’ve been super craving pasta lately.

Donner is getting so big! They grow up soooo fast ;)


Maren August 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

He is! I can’t believe he’s almost a year old. Kinda freaky!


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