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Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine

This recipe is from Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good and Cheap.


Serves 3

  • Salt, to taste
  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. Chile flakes
  • 2 small zucchini, finely diced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water liberally. This is how pasta gets all its flavor, so don’t be shy! Most of the salt won’t end up in the pasta.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. I drain the pasta just before it’s finished so it doesn’t get mushy when I add it to the vegetable pan and it gets cooked a little more.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chile flakes. Let them sizzle for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then add the zucchini. Stir the vegetables to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until some of the water has cooked off and the veggies are tender, 5-7 minutes. Young summer zucchini don’t need much cooking. Add the lemon zest. Stir!
  4. Drain the fettuccine and add it to the pan along with the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, the cream, and most of the cheese. Toss the fettuccine around the pan, and add salt and lots of freshly ground pepper to taste. Top with a bit more cheese and serve immediately.