Zucchini & carrot light and simple spaghetti

Zucchini & carrot light and simple spaghetti

By 11/01/2019

Happy new year everyone!

How quiet is January compared to feasting December.

I had a great Christmas break and my new year's celebrations were particularly good: I spent it at home with friends celebrating in a long and slow gourmet dinner which lasted just before midnight..when we opened our Champagne! We all cooked something therefore it was easy. My friend Paul is a Sommelier, an expert in wines, so you can imagine all the fine vintage wines we enjoyed that night.

And now in January..despite all our efforts and great ideas about dieting we still cannot stop eating. Diets don't really work and we all know that. This is why I simply switch to colourful light foods packed with lots of veggies.

My first healthy recipe this year is this pasta dish made with grated carrots and zucchini. Super simple but really tasty. You will need a good quality olive oil though if you want this dish to stand out. When cooked, zucchini and carrots have a sweet and delicate taste which makes this pasta really moreish. This is a dish much loved by my children too.

Light, healthy, tasty and colourful.. simply perfect.


  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 25 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Wash and trim the zucchini and the carrots and grate them.

grated zucchini pasta

Chop the onion finely and stir fry it until translucent in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Add the grated vegetables, salt and pepper and cook them for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until soft. Stir from time to time and put the lid on after 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta al dente in salty boiling water, drain it and add it to the pan with the vegetables. Mix well with 3 tbsp of olive oil.

Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Light zucchini carrot pasta

Grated zucchini and carrot spaghetti, light and easy

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25 Responses to Zucchini & carrot light and simple spaghetti

  1. Ron

    What a grand meal. We also had a long Christmas meal, something some people haven’t experienced, but should. Your post dropped into my box at a perfect time, as I was just trying to come up with a light and healthier pasta dish to go with the garlicly sous vide chicken thighs that I’ll be making tonight. Your pasta dish will be perfect. Less can be more you know.

    • Alida

      I am pleased that this recipe has inspired you Ron. I have used a sous vide before, a very interesting gadget to have!

      • Ron

        Alida, I did make this and it was wonderful and so easy to make. Sweet, yet not and when tossed with pasta and a couple sloshes of good olive oil it was fantastic. A perfect match for my chicken dish.

      • Alida

        I am really pleased you enjoyed it Ron. These types of pasta dishes are perfect and healthy for any day of the week.

  2. angiesrecipes

    Simple, fresh and very satisfying and delicious! I want some too ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend, Alida!

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie, we want light meals in January!

  3. Gloria Roa Baker

    Love this recetta, looks delicious and perfect! love this ! Alida!

    • Alida

      Grazie 1000 cara

  4. Balvinder

    How delicious! I love such simple recipes!

    • Alida

      Thank you Balvinder ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 2pots2cook

    Great January lunch ! I take such a simple beauties to my office to have for lunch there. Thank you Alida !

    • Alida

      I take my own lunch too. Sometimes salads and pasta but my favourites are always soups in the winter.

  6. Lorelle

    Simple, with ingredients that are always on hand in the fridge. Good one Alida, grazie. Xx

    • Alida

      It feels good empting the fridge and use up any leftovers.

  7. elisabetta

    Now that’s a new dish to try. Interesting combination of veggies, simple and tasty. Lovely spaghettata.

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima. I hope the new year has started well for you.

  8. Chiara

    รจ un piatto che si fa con verdure che ci sono sempre in casa,gustoso e casalingo allo stesso tempo, mi piace ! Un abbraccio

    • Alida

      Alla fine si fanno sempre le ricette piu’ veloci e semplici.

  9. Sean Moran

    Spectacular dish for young fussy vegetarians. I added toasted pinenuts and served with sides of a green salad and garlic bread, my 10yr daughter almost wet herself. Thank you

    • Alida

      You are very welcome and I love your pinenuts addition!

  10. Elizabeth

    My produce book this week had fresh zucchini, carrots and a yellow onion, so I tried out this recipe. It was really delicious and simple and I will most definitely made it again. I did add some pecans to it, just to have a little more protein as I served it as a main dish. Thank you!

    • Alida

      That’s great, thank you Elizabeth.

  11. Marie

    I love the simplicity of the recipe! I added a teaspoon of ginger to the veggie mix and I skipped the onion. Garnished with sunflower seeds. I love it, thank you!

    • Alida

      Ginger sounds good! Nice tip, thank you!

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