Caramelized Zucchini Pasta

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Caramelized zucchini pasta features pan-cooked zucchini that's lightly caramelized, cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, and parmesan cheese. It's a delicious meal full of flavor and health benefits.

Plateful of caramelized zucchini pasta with cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

If you want to cut cabs, not flavor, then you've found the recipe for you! This delicious zucchini pasta switches out traditional pasta for zucchini strips that are cooked until tender and flavorful with a few other healthy and delicious ingredients.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple ingredients that can be found in your produce section or your garden.
  • It's incredibly easy to make.
  • It's a healthy dish that's anything but bland.
  • Even kids love the flavors!

Top Tip

Stir your zucchini, onions, and garlic the entire time you cook them. You want a bit of caramelization, but you don't want anything to burn.

Closeup shot of spoonful of caramelized zucchini pasta.


You'll only need a few ingredients to make this dish, and if you have a garden, you might just have the main ingredient on hand. Anything you don't have can be found in the produce and refrigerated sections of your grocery store. Be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for exact amounts.

  • Medium-sized zucchini
  • Olive oil
  • Diced onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grated parmesan cheese
Overhead shot of ingredients for caramelized zucchini pasta in individual bowls


Making this recipe is a breeze. It only requires a little prep and about 15 minutes of cooking. You'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time. The highlights are here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Seed and slice the zucchini.

Overhead shot of zucchini halves with seeds removed on cutting board.

2: Cook the zucchini, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper until the onions are soft.

Overhead shot of zucchini, onions, and garlic in skillet.

3: Add tomatoes and cook until the zucchini is tender.

Overhead shot of zucchini, onions, garlic, and tomatoes in skillet.

4: Add parmesan and serve.

Overhead shot of caramelized zucchini pasta in skillet.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add cayenne pepper for a spicy version of the dish.
  • Crumbled bacon adds a delicious smoky flavor.
  • Try adding sliced black olives for a salty, tangy kick.


  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Skillet
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
Closeup shot of plateful of caramelized zucchini with bowl of zucchini in background.


Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Freezer: This recipe won't freeze well.

Reheat: Place the caramelized zucchini pasta in a skillet and cook over medium-low heat until heated through.

Make Ahead: While you can reheat this dish, it's best when fresh.

What to Serve with Zucchini Pasta

Zucchini pasta, or "zoodles" can be used in any instance that you'd use regular pasta. Serve it with red sauce, white sauce, or add you favorite meats.


  • Cut your zucchini into uniform strips so they cook evenly.
  • Stir frequently while cooking the zucchini and vegetables so they don't burn.
  • There's no need to remove the skin on the zucchini. It will soften right along with the rest of the vegetable.
Closeup shot of caramelized zucchini pasta on plate.


What is zucchini pasta?

Zucchini pasta is simply zucchini that's been cut into strips and used in place of spaghetti, linguini, and other long pasta variations.

Is zucchini pasta good with sauce?

Yes, it is! Much like pasta, zucchini has a mild flavor that will meld well with any kind of pasta sauce.

Why can't this recipe be frozen?

Raw zucchini pasta freezes well, but after it's cooked and absorbed moisture from the oil or butter used to cook it, it doesn't freeze well at all. The excess moisture causes the zucchini pasta to become soggy when defrosted.

More Tasty Dishes

Yield: 4 servings

Caramelized Zucchini Pasta

Caramelized Zucchini Pasta

Caramelized zucchini pasta swaps pasta for zucchini strips pan-cooked until soft and a touch brown. Simple seasonings complete the dish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 medium sized zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Slice your zucchinis lengthwise and scoop the seeds out with a spoon.  (This will help keep your zucchini from getting mushy because seeds are almost all water.)
  2. Continue cutting your zucchinis into long, thin strips.
  3. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium-low heat.  
  4. Add zucchini, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Continue cooking and stirring for 10 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and continue cooking until zucchini is tender.
  6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese on top and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 142Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 5mgSodium 704mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 5g

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