Linguine and Zucchini with a Basil Cream

pasta and zucchini

Zucchini noodles are all the rage right now but sometimes you can’t replace good ole fashion pasta! This dish features linguine and zucchini with a basil cream. Also, linguine and zucchini is kind of fun to say. Say it 3x fast if you can.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces thickly sliced pancetta, cut into narrow strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, cut into paper-thin slices
  • 6 to 8 small to medium zucchini or other summer squash, sliced into thin coins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves, cut into narrow strips (chiffonade)
  • 1 pound dried linguine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  • In a frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Next, saute the Pancetta, stir frequently for about 10 minutes. The pancetta should be slightly crispy.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low and stir in the garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. The garlic should soften but not brown.
  • Add the zucchini, salt, and pepper. Cook slowly over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Make sure to gently stir. Zucchini should be tender.
  • Stir in the cream and cook until it has thickened. This will take 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the basil. Mix together gently.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Make sure to salt the water. Once boiling, add the pasta. Cook pasta based on instructions of the box.
  • Once pasta is done, reserve 1 cup of the water and drain the rest. Also, you will want to reheat your sauce on medium-low now.
  • Once the sauce is warm again, transfer the pasta to the frying pan. Toss together. If the sauce isn’t loose, use the reserve cup of water and slowly add.
  • For the final steps, add the Parmigiano and Pecorino cheeses and toss again.
  • If it’s completely tossed, serve in a bowl or plate. Enjoy!

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