Pasta and Zucchini Noodles with Squash Blossoms

 

Grab your squash blossoms and make a stunning bowl of this pasta loaded with noodles and zucchini noodles topped with crispy blossoms.

I couldn’t pass up on that summer zucchini or beautiful squash blossoms, so I made some pasta. Pasta and zucchini noodles.

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I’ll be honest, I don’t love the idea of eating zucchini noodles instead of pasta. I do, however, love each of them both separately or combined, as they are in this dish. I found the perfect pasta to match my favorite zucchini noodle shape. It’s called pici. It’s like extra thick, chewy spaghetti and I love it. It might be a little tough to find though, so of course feel free to substitute it with regular or thick spaghetti.

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Now lets talk about those squash blossoms. Typically I see them stuffed with ricotta, battered and fried, which is amazing, but I decided to do something different with these beauties. I sliced them into individual petals and deep fried them, no batter or anything. What could be wrong with that? The squash blossoms take on this beautiful curvy shape and add a salty, crisp bite to the top of the pasta. They are so good, you’ll want to make a few extra to snack on.

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Pasta & Zucchini Noodles with Fried Squash Blossom Petals
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 squash blossoms (2 is sufficient for the pasta, but you’ll want extra for snacking)
  • 4oz pici pasta or thick spaghetti
  • ½ medium zucchini, spiralized the size of the pasta
  • ½ medium golden zucchini, spiralized the size of the pasta
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese (omit if vegan)
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt. It should taste like the sea.
  2. As water is warming, heat 1-2 inches of light olive oil or vegetable oil in a small sauce pot to approximately 350°F. Line a large plate with paper towels.
  3. Make a slit down the side of the squash blossoms to open them up. Remove the center (stima/style/ovary area) and discard. Remove and discard the stem. Cut into individual (5-6) petals.
  4. Add a few petals to the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute total, flipping occasionally. When crisp, transfer to paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Fry in batches.
  5. Add pasta to boiling salted water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.
  6. After the pasta starts cooking, warm a large, nonstick pan over medium heat. Add oil, followed by the zucchini. Cook, tossing occasionally, until tender with a slight bite, about 2-3 minutes. Add a couple tablespoons of pasta cooking water as the zucchini cooks to help them steam. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the drained pasta to the zucchini. Toss to combine. Stir in parmigiano, lemon zest and lemon juice. Taste for seasoning.
  8. Serve pasta topped with the fried squash blossoms. Enjoy.

 

Sabrina Russo

Sabrina Russo

My name's Sabrina. Brina for short. I am an assistant to a food photographer and chef, a registered dietitian and full-time foodie. Hope you enjoy my recipes!

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