This One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta is an affordable meal that you can make in just 30 minutes! As delicious as it is nutritious, this one pot meal is perfect for easy prep and easy cleanup.
You’ll love putting together this dish for your next potluck or even to provide a filling and satisfying meal to a family in need!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
This yummy pasta recipe with zucchini and mushrooms is the perfect meal when you need something quick, tasty, and healthy! It's loaded with nutritious veggies and tasty cheese. The whole family will love this pasta dinner!
When you need an easy meal or want something that's a crowd pleaser, this mushroom zucchini pasta is a guaranteed hit. Perfect for potlucks, dinner parties, or even as a meal to bring to a friend who's sick or injured.
If you love mushrooms, you should also try this tasty Mushroom Curry Tikka Masala recipe!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- zucchini - this affordable and versatile veggie is excellent to soak up all the tasty flavors of this pasta dish and add lots of health benefits.
- olive oil - helps cook the vegetables.
- mushrooms - provide their signature earthy flavor and some added nutrition.
- garlic - deepens the flavor and adds a garlicky sharpness that helps tie everything together.
- penne - other kinds of pasta could be used for this dish, but I like the shape of penne with these veggies.
- seasonings - I used a simple blend of salt, pepper, and thyme for some extra flavor.
- Parmesan cheese - adds a delicious cheesy flavor that makes this recipe irresistible!
- Cut your zucchini lengthwise, then cut each half into moon shapes about ¼ inch thick.
- Add zucchini, mushrooms, and garlic to a pot with olive oil over medium high heat.
- Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
- Add water, as well as penne, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and turn down the heat. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the pasta is properly cooked.
- Toss the pasta and veggies with Parmesan cheese and serve!
When it comes to one pot recipes like this mushroom zucchini pasta, you'll want to use approximately 2 parts water to 1 part pasta. For instance, since 12 ounces of pasta are called for, you'll want to use about 30 ounces of water. (3 ½ cups is 28 ounces, but feel free to add more if you find your pasta comes out dry.)
Absolutely! If you want to double this recipe just multiply all of your ingredients by two. Just be sure your pot is large enough to hold everything. Cooking time may vary in the case of doubling.
White button mushrooms are a classic choice, but you could also go with cremini, oyster, shiitake, portobello, or baby bella mushrooms.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- This meal is a great budget-friendly option and can potentially serve up to 8 people!
- Buy your mushrooms pre-sliced to save time on meal prep.
- Be sure all of the water has soaked into the noodles, or else you may end up with a liquidy final product.
📌 You'll adore this simple mushroom pasta as a quick and hearty meal any night of the week. Serve with a tasty side or let your pasta speak for itself; it has plenty of nutritious value from the veggies!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- If you'd like to add a bit of heat, use red pepper flakes to add a slight kick.
- Feel free to add other veggies to your mushroom zucchini pasta like onions, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, or other kinds of squash.
- Other cheeses like mozzarella can be used, but the powdered Parmesan mixes into this dish particularly well.
- Other seasonings and herbs to use include oregano, onion powder, basil, or parsley.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Allow your pasta to cool most of the way, then transfer to an airtight container for storage. In the fridge, your one pot zucchini mushroom pasta should last 2-3 days. You can also store in the freezer. I recommend eating with 2 months or so from frozen.
To reheat, you can use a microwave and heat for a minute and then intervals of 30 seconds until heated through. You could also pour your pasta into a pot over the stove and heat it that way--you may want to add a drizzle of olive oil in your pot in this case. From frozen, allow the pasta to that before reheating.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
For a nice full meal, serve your mushroom zucchini pasta alongside these Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes, or for an even simpler version try Air Fryer Baby Potatoes instead.
You could also make this meal more of an event by serving your pasta with homemade Drop Biscuits or a Cornbread Casserole!
✔️ More One Pot Recipes You'll Love
- One Pot Sausage and Couscous - With pine nuts and spinach for added flavor and nutrition, this is a unique one pot meal the family will love!
- One Skillet Garlic Chicken with Rice - A simple and classic chicken and rice combo that's perfect for quick and hearty meals.
- One Pot Chickpea Curry - This delicious vegan recipe cooks up in a single pot, making it a super convenient and healthy dinner option.
- One Pot Beef Stroganoff - Featuring mushrooms, beef, and tasty egg noodles, this recipe from Jo Cooks is a super yummy weeknight dinner option!
Mushroom Zucchini Pasta
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One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta
- 2 medium zucchini
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 16 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 ½ cups water
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- Slice the zucchini lengthwise, the cut into ¼ inch thick half moons.2 medium zucchini
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the mushrooms, zucchini, and minced garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.½ tablespoon olive oil, 16 ounces sliced mushrooms, 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Add in the water, penne pasta, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.3 ½ cups water, 12 ounces penne pasta, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes, until the pasta is tender. All the water should be absorbed.
- Add the Parmesan cheese and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.½ cup Parmesan cheese
- This dish is budget-friendly and hearty and may actually serve 6-8 people (unless you are feeding hungry teenage boys, haha!), especially if you have some side dishes as well.
- You can easily double this recipe as long as you have a pot big enough to contain everything. In this case, you may need to add cooking time.
- This is a great covered dish for a potluck or to take to a family in need of a hot meal.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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Lovely recipe and very simple. Toddler friendly, my daughter enjoyed it.
I made this with zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms. It was delicious! My entire family loved it (Well, except the mushrooms. The kids picked them out but that's to be expected!)
This was such an easy and tasty dinner for our family tonight! Served it with some garlic bread and it was great!
I love mushrooms, so I used a little extra. It came out so good! So much cheesy and delicious goodness in one bowl!
I think I'll try this on the next Meatless Monday. It looks so hearty and filling!