My daddy has a green thumb. When I asked him what he was doing on Father’s Day weekend, he said he was gardening on Saturday and sitting in his garden to enjoy it on Sunday. I was vaguely hinting for us to have a nice brunch to celebrate. We did end up going out to lunch with the family and having a meet up at his house shortly after.
But when he brought in some zucchinis the following week, I could see why he was so fond of his garden. Look at this zucchini! This is only half of what was left after I created a meal of Simple Creamy Zucchini Alfredo and a batch of Chocolate Nutella Zucchini Banana Muffins.
This zucchini is nearly 4 pounds of vitamin and fiber packed goodness.
So off to making this simple dinner. Of course, it was gobbled up by the family. And it took just 20 minutes to make.
The simplicity of boiling spaghetti and tossing in some thin strips of fresh zucchini at the last moments of tenderness, then topping the pile of pasta and veggies with a creamy buttery sauce will have you wanting to head to the kitchen and make this yourself.
Each bite is filled with saucy yummy goodness.
Simple Creamy Zucchini Alfredo
1/2 cup butter, divided
8 oz Neufchâtel cream cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup light sour cream
2 cups milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp basil, crushed
1 lb spaghetti or other similar pasta
2 cups zucchini, julienned or spiraled
Now I love my Pampered Chef Julienne Peeler, and that is what I happily used to peel through this zucchini and make wonderful long noodle style strips to mix in the actual noodles. My kids loved it-except one-he doesn’t actually like this particular green vegetable. Unless of course it’s crammed into my Chocolate Nutella Zucchini Banana Muffins.
In a large pot bring 6-8 cups of lightly salted water to boiling, add the spaghetti noodles (the ones pictured below are brown rice noodles for my gluten free kiddo). Cook according to package directions. When the noodles have about 2-3 minutes to go, stir in the zucchini noodles.
Drain well. Return to the pasta and vegetables to the pot and add 1/4 cup of butter. Stir and set aside.
In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and minced garlic. Then stir in the cream cheese.
Stir in the sour cream, milk, parmesan cheese and seasonings and heat through.
Toss the cream sauce with the pasta and vegetable noodles, swirl onto a fork and enjoy.
And for a quick and easy leftover night with this pasta dish, layer the pasta in a greased casserole dish with sliced deli ham and one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake in a 375F oven for 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly, removing the cover for the last 10 minutes to brown on top. This Ham and Cheese Zucchini Noodle Casserole is delish!
Check out this nutrition information and try this recipe too! Creamy Homemade Mac N Cheese Spirals
Simply Creamy Zucchini Alfredo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Number of servings: 8
Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 14
*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.
*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
- 1 lb spaghetti or other similar pasta
- 2 cups zucchini, julienned or spiraled
- 1/2 cup butter, divided
- 8 oz Neufchâtel cream cheese
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup light sour cream
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp basil, crushed
- In a large pot bring 6-8 cups of lightly salted water to boiling, add the spaghetti noodles. Cook according to package directions. When the noodles have about 2-3 minutes to go, stir in the zucchini noodles.
- Drain well. Return to the pasta and vegetables to the pot and add 1/4 cup of butter. Stir and set aside.
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and minced garlic. Then stir in the cream cheese.
- Stir in the sour cream, milk, parmesan cheese and seasonings and heat through.
- Toss the cream sauce with the pasta and vegetable noodles and serve immediately.