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Creamy pasta with Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and zucchini

Mediterranean Pasta with Zucchini

Try this Mediterranean pasta for a cheap, meatless dinner option. Flavoured with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and herbs this pasta dish doesn't lack anything! 
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Mediterranean pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 530kcal


  • 1 lbs pasta spirali, rigatoni or any other short pasta
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 zucchini- medium quartered and sliced ½" thick
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 15g/1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 80g/1/3 cup Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 250ml/1 cup double/heavy cream
  • 50g/1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 125ml/1/2 cup stock
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, slices
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto or tomato paste


  • Set a large pot of water on a stove, bring to a boil, add salt and pasta and cook according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook seasoned with salt sliced zucchini until lightly golden on both sides. Remove zucchini to a separate plate.
  • To the pan add minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and capers and quickly cook over low heat for 20-30 seconds. Then pour in double/heavy cream, Parmesan cheese and stock, fresh basil and parsley, sun-dried tomato paste or tomato paste if using, turn the heat up and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Drain cooked pasta and add directly to the pan with the sauce, add cooked zucchini and toss until the pasta is coated with the sauce. Taste and add more salt ff needed.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2mg