Pasta with Shrimp and Zucchini

Pasta with Shrimp and Zucchini

Do you make every recipe exactly the way it is written?  I used to.  And truth be told, the teacher in me sometimes cringes when I don’t follow the directions.  I mean, how many times a day do I tell my students, “READ the directions!” 

But now, after what seems like a bazillion years of food blogging, I feel empowered to stray a bit.  Deviate, if you will. 

So, I had some shrimp, and I had some pasta, and I had some zucchini, and I had this recipe: Pappardelle with Shrimp & Zucchini.  So, yes, I had pasta, but I didn’t have pappardelle.  Since my pasta was more bite sized and not big flat noodles, I thought that shape of the zucchini should change.  Instead of long strips, it should also be bite sized or even smaller.

I julienned it with this. AND guess what I discovered?!  If you julienne your zucchini, when you cook it, it practically dissolves and makes almost a creamy type pasta sauce!!  Who knew!?   Well, perhaps you did, but this is a totally new discovery for me.   This maybe my new favorite way to use zucchini.  It’s a total win-win – use up some veggies and get a creamy pasta without any cream! 

I encourage you to check out the recipe above and make it your own!


This will be my entry for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights hosted by Honeybunch of The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.

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  1. says

    Well the thing is that you READ the directions…you just chose not to follow them. Your students probably don’t even get to the reading part.

    Creamy zucchini-based sauce? Need.To.Try.

  2. says

    Looks like a nice, healthy dish. Zucchini as a creamy sauce is a great idea!

    Give me an F…I don’t tend to follow (recipe) directions.

  3. says

    Hmmm, zucchini making a cream-like sauce sounds like a good vegan tip! I have been a lot braver about making substitutions in recipes my first time out — only in cooking, though, not so much the baking. :)

  4. says

    Zucchini is piling up in my fridge vegetable drawer…. so, this needs a try. I like the creamy factor of the sauce you mentioned. Yum!

  5. says

    Yum and I sure like that fancy little gadget too. By the way, I’m the absolute worse person for following recipes. I always have to add my 2 cents and 2 sense too LOL You would have hated teaching me too because I always have to know WHY! Grrr

  6. says

    “Do you make every recipe exactly the way it is written?”

    ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Stop it, you’re killing me! I didn’t know you were becoming a comedian.

  7. says

    bowties are such a fun shape. and don’t fret for a second about veering from the recipe–you no doubt improved upon it!