Zucchini, olive and capers pasta light and summery

Zucchini, olive and capers pasta light and summery

By 31/07/2015

I am finally on holiday in Italy!

I love the heat and the slow pace of life. No rush, nothing to do just laying by the beach and making a few meals for the children but you know I love that.

My mum seems to be really busy making passata as tomatoes are really abundant this year and my dad is always working in his field. They have no time for holidays, they just love keeping busy.
I am hoping to try my dad's homegrown figs soon. They should be coming into season during the month of August. I love them so much!

This was our lunch today: I used my dad's  zucchini and some zucchini flowers.

Zucchini flowers are quite interesting: they have a sweet taste and the texture is just what you would imagine a flower to be: soft and delicate. Of course if you cannot find them you can make this pasta anyway and you can substitute ricotta for another cheese like Parmesan or pecorino.

This is a light meal perfect for summer.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes



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

Stir frying onion

Wash and slice the zucchini at julienne (into sticks) and add them to the pan. Cook for 8 minutes whilst stirring all the time.

Wash the flowers gently with water and let them dry on a paper towel.

zucchini flowers

Cut the base and remove the  stems

cutting flower

removing stem

Add salt and pepper, the halved cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and stir for a couple of minutes.
Add the zucchini flowers and toss for another minute.

Zucchini pasta with olives and capers

Cook the pasta al dente, drain and add it to the pan mixing well with the vegetables and a drizzle of olive oil.

Zucchini pasta with olives and capers

Serve with the ricotta cheese on top.

Zucchini pasta with olives and capers

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11 Responses to Zucchini, olive and capers pasta light and summery

  1. gloria

    what beautiful zucchinis and I love capers Alida.
    Baci cara!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara.

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    What a very colorful dish! Love the fact that you used the fresh zucchini and flowers from your parent’s garden. You can’t get anything fresher than that! Great combination of ingredients and I love the fact that it is so simple. When it is hot out, you ready are in no mood to be standing over a hot stove for long periods of time. The simplicity of this meal is a true Italian dish. Thanks so much for sharing…I hope that you have a wonderful holiday with your family. Enjoy! Ciao!
    Dottie x 🙂

    • Alida

      Ciao Dottie, I am making the most of the sunshine and taking it easy. Have a good summertime too x

  3. Elisabetta

    Lovely recipe. Alida I’ve not logged on for a number of weeks so I’m catching up now. Congratulations on your wedding and I’m glad all your cooking was worth it. You truly are one of a kind, all the usual preps plus baking and cooking, wow! All the very best for the future.

    • Alida

      Many thanks Elisabetta. I am now on holiday relaxing after the big day and enjoying the Italian sunshine. Have a good summer. x

  4. speedy70

    Una gustosissima pasta, con i colori dell’estate, brava!!!!

    • Alida


  5. Catherine

    Dear Alida, A delicious dish. One that is perfect for summer. xoxo Catherine

    • Alida

      Thank you Catherine.

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