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Pasta Shells in Tomato-Zucchini Sauce

This Pasta Shells recipe in Tomato-Zucchini Sauce is a super easy and delicious comfort food for busy days or lazy nights. Who can say no to pasta? Me and my family can't! That's why it's always good to have a few pasta recipes in your recipe collection! This pasta recipe is quick to prepare and therefore suitable for a quick lunch or dinner.

If you don't have tomatoes on hand, you can use instead store-bought tomato sauce or 2 tbsp. of tomato paste. This tomato sauce recipe is made with zucchinis, because I love simplicity and zucchinis too. You can use other vegetables too, like aubergines or peppers if you like. For a spicy version add some chilly flakes or chilly pepper. If you use fresh chilies, just keep in mind, that chilies become hotter when cooked!



Servings: 5

Preparation time: 7 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes


500 gr. pasta shells, cooked

4 zucchinis, cut into cubes

250 gr. diced tomatoes

1 big onion, minced

1 clove of garlic, minced

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

a pinch of sugar

1 tbsp. chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish

1 vegetable cube




  • Cook pasta shells according to the package instructions and save 200 ml of pasta water to use it in the sauce. (Don't overcook your pasta)

  • Wash zucchinis, cut into cubes and set aside.

  • In a big pan or wok, add 2 tbsp. olive oil and cook on high heat. Once heat, add minced onion and garlic. Saute for 1 minute.

  • Add zucchinis and saute for 2 minutes.

  • Add diced tomatoes, a pinch of sugar and saute for 1 more minute or until liquids are evaporated.

  • Add pasta water, vegetable cube, parsley, salt and pepper and shimmer for 20 minutes or until most of the liquids are evaporated.

  • When cooked, add 1 tbsp. olive oil, stir and cook for 1 more minute.

  • Add cooked pasta shells in the pan

  • Toss and continue cooking for an additional minute allowing pasta to soak up the sauce.

  • Serve plain, or with grated parmesan.


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