Zucchini Butter Pasta Recipe: You'll Be Smitten With This Fresh Zucchini Recipe by Donna John

Zucchini Butter Pasta Recipe: You'll Be Smitten With This Fresh Zucchini Recipe

Smitten Kitchen's zucchini butter pasta recipe went viral. When I first saw the recipe it reminded me of my zucchini pasta recipe. I had to try it. After reading reviews from people who had made it already, I changed the recipe up a bit using their suggestions. Adding lemon, more zucchini and garlic, and less salt were the main suggestions. 

This is my take on the viral zucchini butter pasta recipe. Serve this easy zucchini recipe as a vegetarian main dish or a side dish.

Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 main dish servings and 4 or more side dish servings


  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente (reserve 1 cup of pasta water)
  • 4 medium to large zucchini, trimmed and coarsely grated
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Here's how to make it:

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini cooks down and is very concentrated, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water and stir to combine. Add the spaghetti noodles. Stir. Add the Parmesan cheese, a squeeze of lemon and basil leaves. Stir well to combine. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes.

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This looks really good. 🍝
Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! This is one of those comfort food recipes that makes you feel better about eating it because it has vegetables in it! #yum
This was delicious. 😋

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