Authentic Pasta With Zucchini, Bacon & Tomato Sauce

The Bella Vita
by The Bella Vita
4 portion
30 min

I recently made this delicious and authentic Italian pasta with zucchini, bacon and tomato sauce. It’s quick, easy, cheap and tastes really good!

This is what a quick and easy lunch or dinner of the week looks like.

It takes 30 minutes to prepare this delicious dish which consists of fusilli pasta with zucchini, bacon and tomato sauce.

It’s super delicious, and is really famous in Italy!

If you want to have a vegetarian version, then feel free to simply leave out the bacon.

It still tastes just as yummy.

Pasta with zucchini

Pasta with zucchini

It’s easy to prepare, plus it’s full of vegetables and tastes super fresh.

Zucchini and tomatoes create a delicious sauce that, when combined with fresh garlic and basil with the addition of crispy bacon, create a spectacular pasta dish!

The flavors are exquisite when you combine these ingredients.

This is an easy and extraordinarily delicious everyday dish!

Of course you can choose the pasta format you prefer.

I have used fusilli in this recipe, but if you prefer you can opt for a spaghetti or a fettuccine.

Below is the full recipe with instructions.

I hope you enjoy!

Recipe Variations

Vegetarian pasta with zucchini and tomato, follow the recipe and omit the bacon.

Use eggplant instead of zucchini.

Eggplant also lends itself well to this recipe; it will be a version of pasta alla norma but with bacon added.

I recommend using ricotta salata, it will give a special touch to your pasta.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you peel zucchini?

No, the peel is rich in fiber and flavor, while it is incorrect to think that if the zucchini is a deep green color, then the peel will be bitter.

pasta with zucchini

Authentic Pasta With Zucchini, Bacon & Tomato Sauce
Recipe details
  • 4  portion
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 500g of Fusilli or any pasta
  • 4  Medium sized zucchini
  • 250g of Bacon
  • 4 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 White onion
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Bottle of tomato sauce
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes
  • Grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 5 Leaves of basil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

Prepare the onion and carrot for the sauté by cutting them into small cubes.
Wash the cherry tomatoes and zucchini, then cut the cherry tomatoes in half and the zucchini into think slices.
In a non-stick frying pan over high heat, brown the garlic with olive oil. This will take few minutes, but it'll give the oil a nice garlic flavor.
In the same pan over medium heat, soften the onion (add salt & pepper). Once soft, add the bacon and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini slices and the basil thereafter and stir.
Add the cherry tomatoes, which will make the sauce a little sweeter. (Cherry tomatoes always add sweetness to any Italian sauce!) Cook these for another minute.
Keep adding salt and pepper to taste, or until you are satisfied with the level of tastiness. Tip: I add a little salt and pepper with each ingredient, this will bring out all the ingredients in the finished dish.
Add a couple of spoons of water, and let it cook for about 3 minutes
Finally add the tomato sauce and lower the heat and let it simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, put the pot on the stove with the water for cooking the pasta.
As soon as it boils, add salt to the water and add your raw pasta. Important Tip: The cooking water in the pasta is magic, so don't forget to save some before draining the pasta.
Drain the fusilli al dente and add them to your delicious sauce. Turn on the heat and stir for a minute adding a glass of the pasta water. Add a handful of the pecorino cheese too.
And our pasta is ready to serve.
Add a sprinkling of black pepper and a little more cheese. Enjoy your meal!
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