30 Minute Tuscan Pasta With Zucchini – Gluten Free

Published on Aug 06, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6
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This Tuscan Pasta With Zucchini recipe makes a quick and easy gluten-free dinner that can be on the table in under 30 minutes! The creamiest Italian pasta dish is packed with herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, shallots, garlic, zucchini and olives.

30 Minute Creamy Tuscan Pasta For Big Appetites

This Tuscan pasta dish is insanely delicious, and yet it is so simple to make. The combination of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and zucchini makes this pasta dinner light, healthy and most satisfying even for big appetites.


top view of tuscan zucchini pasta in a skillet


If you’re looking for a quick and easy gluten-free pasta recipe for a busy weeknight, this Tuscan Pasta With Zucchini is the perfect recipe for you! 

What is Tuscan Pasta With Zucchini?

Tuscan food is a type of Italian cuisine that originated in the Tuscan region of Italy, and it’s known for simple, rustic flavours. 

Common ingredients in Tuscan dishes include olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, pasta and bread. Tuscan cuisine also often features beans and legumes, like this Tuscan White Bean Salad Recipe, or the Gluten-Free Tuscan Vegan Minestrone Soup.


mix of Italian herbs and spices


I made my own mix of Italian seasoning. However, you can buy gluten-free Italian seasoning and replace the spices in this recipe.

Whether you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal or a dish to impress your guests, this gluten free vegetarian pasta dish will surely please everyone at the table.


penne in cream sauce with olives in a skillet


Why is this gluten free pasta dish healthy?

This pasta is made with zucchini, a type of summer squash. It’s a good source of vitamins A and C and dietary fiber. 

The nutrient-packed sun-dried tomatoes add a bit of sweetness to the dish, while the garlic and heart-healthy olive oil give it a savoury flavour.

By replacing chicken or sausage with fresh zucchini, you are adding fiber and cutting back on saturated fats. Making this a healthier pasta meal.

One Skillet Tuscan Pasta Recipe Details

To start, flash-fry the zucchini in a pan with olive oil and herbs until it starts to soften. This adds flavour to the zucchini. Do not fully cook the zucchini because it will continue to cook in the sauce later.


seasoned diced zucchini in a skillet


Then, make the sauce by sauteing the shallots and garlic with herbs, then add the sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and cream.


shallots, garlic, sundried tomatoes in a skillet


Once the sauce bubbles, add the uncooked pasta and continue cooking covered over low heat until the pasta becomes al dente.


sauce topped with uncooked pasta in a skillet


In the end, stir in the cooked zucchini, olives and cheese, and cook until the zucchini is heated through. 


adding olives and zucchini to tuscan pasta dish, gluten free


The great thing about this recipe is that the entire dish is made in one skillet. So there is very little clean-up afterwards.

This pasta is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


2 zucchini on a towel


Can you eat raw zucchini?

Yes, you can eat zucchini raw, and it goes exceptionally well with dips, such as our popular Hot Salmon Dip With Smoked Cheese And Spinach. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and folate. 

Raw zucchini also contains fiber, which can help to regulate digestion. Additionally, eating raw zucchini may help to boost your immune system.

Why do we love pasta recipes?

There are many reasons why we love pasta recipes. First, pasta recipes are usually quick and easy to make. They require minimal ingredients and can be made in one pot. 

This makes them perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Pasta recipes are also very versatile. You can add whatever vegetables, meats, or cheeses you like to create a dish that is unique to you. 

You can also experiment with different types of gluten-free pasta to find the one you like best. There are so many possibilities when it comes to pasta recipes!

Pasta recipes are also generally budget-friendly. Pasta is an inexpensive ingredient, so you can save money by making a pasta dish that will feed a crowd. Check out this Gluten-Free Lemon Pasta with Asparagus crowd pleaser.

Overall, there are many reasons why we love pasta recipes. They are quick and easy to make, versatile, and budget-friendly. And pasta is considered comfort food.

So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, consider making a pasta dish!


half filled skillet with Italian penne and sauce


How long should you cook gluten free pasta?

How long you cook your pasta will depend on the pasta you use. Gluten-free pasta takes slightly longer to cook, so always follow the package directions.

When pasta is used in casserole dishes or one-pot recipes, it is important to know that pasta continues to cook even after you turn the heat off. So make sure the pasta is cooked through but still has a bit of bite. 

When cooking pasta to serve with spaghetti sauce, it’s important to use plenty of water. The water should be at a rolling boil before you add the pasta. In addition, the water should be well salted. This improves the flavour of the pasta. 

Once the pasta is added to the boiling water, stir it occasionally to prevent it from sticking together. 

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander and give it a quick rinse with cold water. This will stop the cooking process and help to prevent the pasta from sticking together.


gluten free zucchini pasta with olives in a sauce on a plate


How to store cooked gluten-free pasta?

If you have cooked pasta that you need to store, the best way to do it is to put it in an airtight container in the fridge. Cooked pasta can last in the fridge for up to five days.

Gluten-free cooked pasta does not freeze well, so I would not recommend freezing the Tuscan zucchini pasta. Some brands tend to fall apart after freezing.

How to reheat gluten-free pasta with zucchini?

To reheat gluten-free pasta, place it in a microwave-safe dish, add about one tablespoon of broth or water to the pasta, and heat it for 2-3 minutes. 

If you’re looking for an easy and healthier gluten-free pasta dinner, this Tuscan Pasta With Zucchini dish is a perfect choice. The perfect bowl of summertime pasta is creamy, flavourful and packed with healthy zucchini, sundried tomatoes and olives. Enjoy!

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Kristina xx

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I love this pasta dish...OMG soooo good!


thank you Cindy!


Made this recipe for dinner tonight. I added some ground pork. My non GF husband said this was a "keeper recipe", which for him is HUGE praise. My GF, DF Mom and I really enjoyed this recipe. I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you!

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