5-Ingredient Creamy Acini Di Pepe Recipe With Zucchini & Parmesan Is a Must Try Side Dish by Donna John

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5-Ingredient Creamy Acini Di Pepe Recipe With Zucchini & Parmesan Is a Must Try Side Dish

Tired of the same ol' rice or potato side dishes? Try this easy acini di pepe recipe with zucchini and Parmesan. It is quick, easy, creamy and loaded with flavor. What is acini di pepe? Acini di pepe is a form of pasta and means "grains of pepper" in Italian. 

Cook the acini di pepe according to package directions and drain well. Stir in the shredded or grated zucchini, butter, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper and stir well to combine. Done! 

If you can't find acini di pepe, you could substitute orzo or pastina. And guess what? If you have a picky eater, he or she won't even know the zucchini is there. Serve this acini di pepe as a side dish or a vegetarian main dish. The leftovers reheat well for dinner or lunch the next day, too. 

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 to 9 minutes
Total Time: 9 to 14 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 cup acini di pepe
  • 1 zucchini, finely shredded using a grater
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cook acini di pepe according to package directions, about 4 to 9 minutes. Drain well. 
  2. Add zucchini, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan. Mix well. 
  3. Season with black pepper, to taste.

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