Charred Zucchini and Thyme Pasta

This Charred Zucchini and Thyme Pasta is the perfect mid-week vegetarian pasta. The sweet smoky charred zucchini are stirred through lemon, thyme and garlic pasta, to create a delicious and simple dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 543 kcal


  • 12 oz long pasta
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves - chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan


  1. Place a heavy based skillet or griddle pan over a medium high heat and leave it to get hot.
  2. Bring a large pan of boiling water to the boil.
  3. Salt it generously and cook the pasta for a minute less than the packet suggests.
  4. Reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.
  5. Whilst the pasta is cooking top and tail the zucchini and in half length ways and then again into quarters (see the video)
  6. Pour the olive oil into the skillet and then add the slices to the skillet. Cook over a high heat until charred and starting to soften.
  7. Remove the zucchini from the pan and reduce the heat.
  8. Add the extra virgin oil to the skillet and add in the garlic and thyme. Stir and then add in the zest and juice of the lemon.
  9. Add the drained pasta and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water.
  10. Stir well to combine adding another 1/4 cup of pasta water as needed.
  11. Chop the zucchini into chunks and add it to the pasta.
  12. Check the seasoning and then serve immediately with plenty of grated parmesan.
Nutrition Facts
Charred Zucchini and Thyme Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 543 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Potassium 513mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 39.8%
Calcium 32.1%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.