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Easy Dinner: Zucchini & Goat Cheese Pasta Dish

Easy Dinner: Zucchini & Goat Cheese Pasta Dish

Fast and easy aren’t just for microwaved frozen meals.

Today, I cooked a super simple lunch instead of going out to grab something.

Zucchini is in season right this very instant, and of course CHEESE is always welcome in this house.

It’s a rich but not dense, and it took me only 25 minutes to put together, including the time to boil the noodles.

A plate of pasta with zucchini and goat cheese.
Pasta with Zucchini and Goat Cheese

Pasta with Zucchini and Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 12 oz. linguine pasta (fettucini works too)
  • 1.5 T. olive oil
  • 6 zucchinis
  • 1 t. chopped garlic
  • 5 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 T.  lemon zest
  • 1 c. pasta water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Prepare the zucchini and goat cheese

  1. Start by washing your zucchini and drying it.
  2. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. (I prefer to cut the zucchini midway into two shorter pieces. I find it easier to work with that way.)
  3. Then slice the zucchini into thin half moons.
  4. Crumble the goat cheese and set aside.

Cook the pasta

  1. Follow the instructions on the pasta package to cook the pasta. Read here about how to know when pasta is done.
  2. Tip: Test pasta 2 minutes before suggested cook time.
  3. Drain pasta when it is done but note to save behind a cup of pasta water, scooping it out into a measuring cup with a heat-safe ladle.

Cook the zucchini and pasta

  1. While the pasta is boiling, heat 1 T. of olive oil in the skillet at medium-high heat.
  2. After the pan is heated, add zucchini and salt and pepper. Cook for 7 minutes and stir occasionally.
  3. Use this time to zest the lemon.
  4. Add the garlic and ½ T to the pan and cook for 1 minute.

Mix Pasta and Goat Cheese

  • Add all of the goat cheese except 2 T. and the 1 cup of pasta water to the pasta and stir in. Add salt and pepper to taste.


  • Divide pasta between 4 bowls. Top pasta with zucchini, lemon zest, and the remaining 2 T. of goat cheese.
  • This pasta dish was so delicious that I had the leftovers for dinner. Consider serving this dish with a piece of garlic toast.


Note on goat cheese: You can buy pre-crumbled goat cheese at most grocery stores. Also, if you have everything else on hand except the goat cheese, here are some suggestions for goat cheese substitutes

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A skillet filled with cooked pasta with zucchini ribbons, creamy goat cheese.

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