Quinoa Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Cheese

Mar 26, 2012 by

Last nights dinner was so very interesting to me. I knew I had to roast some zucchini that was begging to be eaten. I also wanted to try the Quinoa Pasta that I bought a few days ago. I had never seen it before and I wanted give it a try so I could see how it tasted and how the texture compared to regular pasta. And there’s the cheese. I’ve always had a thing for cheese. It’s not something that I will give up easily, so bear with me as you see cheese all over this recipe. I kept it subtle. Promise :-) …Although I purposely avoided measuring how much cheese I used…

It was tasty, meatless and certainly something I intend to have again. My hubby thought it was quite nice. I don’t think I could convince him to have this without some meat though. He is far from a part-time vegetarian, like what I’m on the path to becoming. Baby steps. As I read more about it and find recipes that suit my palate, I’m truly considering reducing my meat consumption.

Here’s the finished result…another freestyle recipe :-)

 

Quinoa Fusilli Pasta & Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan Flakes

 

As for the Quinoa Pasta, I realized that it takes a little longer to cook than regular pasta. The package suggested 13-15 minutes – spot on. Anything before that, it’s still rather firm. Also, you have to eat it right away. I decided to toss it in a cheese mixture in order to make it moist on the outside. I don’t do dry pasta very well. A cream sauce or olive oil is pretty much mandatory. The texture of quinoa pasta is just fine and I would not have noticed the difference at all. I will buy it again, if I come across it. Its Quinoa. I can’t go wrong. Right?

 

Quinoa Pasta - Gluten Free, Corn Free

 

Quinoa Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Cheese
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4
An easy meal perfect for any day of the week. Quinoa, Zucchini and Cheese.
Ingredients
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil for bushing the Zucchini
  • Few Tbsp grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 8 oz Quinoa Pasta (or whatever pasta you prefer)
  • 1 Scallion, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp Cream Cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 2 Tbsp Chicken Broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. In a medium pot, bring about 4 cups of salted water to a boil
  3. Add quinoa pasta and cook according to package directions
  4. Cut ends off zucchini then slice each into 6 wedges
  5. Grease a rimmed baking tray with olive oil
  6. Place zucchini, skin side down on the greased baking tray
  7. Brush with olive oil then sprinkle with salt, pepper and parmesan
  8. Roast for 20 minutes, until the zucchini is golden brown
  9. In a medium pot, add cream cheese, chicken broth and parmesan
  10. On medium heat, still until melted and combined
  11. When pasta is ready, drain and add to cream cheese mixture
  12. Toss to lightly coat
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste
  14. Cut zucchini into chunks and stir in or serve on the side
  15. Garnish with Scallion and parmesan flakes
Notes

I used Quinoa Pasta but you can use any pasta for this recipe

 

I got my son to eat the zucchini. I had to basically emphasize that it had cheese on it. Not that there was too much, but he needs encouragement to eat “new” veggies. He has lettuce, green beans and broccoli under his belt. He needs to conquer zucchini so I can move on to another vegetable. Goodness rules in my house!

 

Zucchini

 

 

Zucchini, Sliced, oiled, sprinkled with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese

 

Roasted zucchini, fresh out the oven. So fragrant. Even the crispy parmesan stuck to the tray looked good to me.

 

Zucchini, roasted for 20 minutes

 

 

Roasted Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese

 

Zucchini never tasted so good.

 

Dinner is served - Quinoa Pasta & Parmesan Roasted Zucchini

 

What a way to start the week. Happy Monday friends!

~Lyn

 

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22 Comments

  1. I’m curious to try this pasta! It sounds pretty delicious. And I am very curious of trying an alternative to regular pasta!

    • Hi Pola! Thanks, it was very delicious. I didn’t go out looking for it, but fortunately thats how many of my recipes come about lol. Alternatives are awesome!

  2. This is one very light and healthy pasta dish that my family will surely love!
    Wishing you a wonderful week, Lyn!

  3. I love the roasted Zucchini here.So delicious even on its own!Love the simplicity of your pasta, haven’t tried quinoa pasta yet though.Its definitely on my list to try :)Lovely recipe my friend :)

    • Thank you, Soni! I’ve come a long way. I couldn’t stand zucchini! I think my desire to eat better has changed my taste buds. Now I can’t get enough of it. The quinoa pasta is a wonderful alternative if you are looking for Gluten Free pasta. I appreciate your comment!

  4. What a great recipe; I will look out for the Quinoa pasta – though it may be hard to find in the UK.

    • Hello Simone! Thank you so much for your comment :-) You know, I’m sure its around – at a health food store perhaps? If all else fails and you feel like trying, its probably online somewhere. I came across it by chance and thought it would be good to try. Good luck!

  5. I love zucchini and this sounds like a great dish!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I have never tried quinoa pasta. didnt even know that exsisted! Looks wonderful by the way with the roasted zuccini and cheese. I love cheese so I am on your wave!

  7. I’ve never tried quinoa pasta but you make it look so delish. Its on my list. :)

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  9. what an awesome pasta dish for spring! great recipe, definitely bookmarking this!

  10. I’ve never tried quinoa pasta but it looks amazing, and much more nutritionally packed than the regular stuff! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this near me :)

  11. I’ve never tried quinoa pasta and I’d love to try it. I might like it more than just qunioa! Love how you roasted zucchinis… beautiful dish!

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