$10 Dinners – Creamy Zucchini Pasta

I’ve always found Thursday to be the most difficult day of the week, and yesterday was no exception. Five o’clock struck and I had no idea what we were having for dinner. Yes, this even happens to those of us who make a living, well, figuring out what to have for dinner! A quick trip to the garden proved the the zucchini continued to produce fast and furiously, so zucchini was on the menu. When I am tired I find myself reaching for pasta. So it was pasta and zucchini. I scavenged through the refrigerator and cupboards and this is what I came up with.

The makings of a meal.

The makings of a meal.

Crumble the goat cheese in a small bowl. I added about a teaspoon of lemon juice, a handful of walnuts for Omega 3, a good pinch each of parsley and chervil, and the cherry tomatoes, halved. Stir together and let sit.

Goat cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.

Goat cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.

Slice the zucchini. I used 2 small zucchini here for 2 people, but use as much or as little as you like. Prepare the pasta and add the zucchini to the cooking pasta for the last minute or so.

Zucchini and pasta.

Zucchini and pasta.

Drain, and combine with the goat cheese mixture. There, you have another quick, easy, healthy, delicious $10 Dinner!

Pasta with goat cheese sauce, topped with tomatoes.

Pasta with goat cheese sauce, topped with tomatoes.

Tips: For 4 servings use a 4oz. package of goat cheese and 3/4 – 1lb of pasta.  Serve with freshly ground black pepper and additional tomatoes. This dish could be prepared using sun-dried tomatoes, carrots and/or bell peppers instead of, or in addition to, the zucchini, with bacon, ham or shrimp instead of walnuts and with basil or marjoram instead of chervil. Do keep the goat cheese though. Goat cheese is less fatty than most cheeses but is very flavorful. Because I used vegetables from the garden, 4 servings only cost about $5.

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About the Author

Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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