Spaghetti with Fresh Zucchini

Spaghetti with Fresh Zucchini

It’s crispy Zucchini Spaghetti Day, which means a big, cheerful plate of steaming, swirling, perky spaghetti (nothing fancy here) piled high with toasted pieces of zucchini, surrounded by crispy golden pankos covered with a blanket of melted cheese and a few pieces of fresh basil.

It’s crispy, summery, horticultural, cheesy the way you want it (goat cheese, anyone?), steamy and satisfying and absolutely perfect for a very hungry night, because spaghetti does not let us down.

Also: It is very SOS-capable.

We were part of a CSA this summer, which was delicious and super fun for my toddler who loves the secret of finding out “what’s in the box” week after week. It has also taken my relationship with zucchini to new heights. I need a new zucchini recipe practically every day to keep up with the amount we get into our CSA boxes every week, and me and my zucchini are really making progress on our journey together.

One of our favorite ways to eat zucchini this summer was zucchini fries or zucchini chips, and so you can understand that it was only a matter of time before things turned into a faster, easier-to-care, highly delicious pasta method to eat more zucchini.

Because zucchini slices laced with crispy panko, Italian spice, Parmesan, garlic powder and a little lemon zest and covered under a bubbly little cheese blanket develop a life of their own.

* grabs a piece of hot from the pan

* grabs another piece

* and a few more

A very SOS-friendly ingredient list

Everything on your ingredient list is probably already in your pantry:

  • spaghetti
  • store-bought spaghetti sauce
  • zucchini
  • pankos
  • Egg
  • Italian spice

any cheese for garnish, such as mozzarella for the melting goodness or goat cheese for the creamy taste

How to make spaghetti with crispy zucchini

To make this possible, you will have two main points that you are working on (and I use the term “working” very loosely):

Your pasta pot (cook spaghetti / mix with sauce)

Your tin pan (throw zucchini with panko and spices, bake until they are tasty)

And with minimal effort, look at what you’re eating for dinner: a hot, swirling bowl of spaghetti stuffed with cheesy zucchini chips and fresh basil. Add a little extra lemon juice or red pepper flakes to wake everything up, and this is not a sad situation at dinner.

I’ve lost track of how many times my husband AND toddler have gone back to it for seconds. The table just falls silent with joy as we sip, whirl and crunch, which is the best kind of SOS dinner in my life right now.

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