Caramelized Zucchini & ZENB Penne with Effortless Summer Pesto


PREP TIME 10 minutes

COOK TIME 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 385g
Servings: 4

Calories: 540

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat27g35%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Dietary Fiber13g46%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 50mg 10%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 250mg 20%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


This recipe combines the delicious flavor of pesto with a zucchini packed ZENB Penne Pasta recipe. This meal takes only 20 minutes to make and is a great way to fill your pasta craving while getting in a good source of fiber.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Penne Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas, uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon each kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup prepared Effortless Summer Pesto
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts



Cook ZENB Pasta 2 minutes less than directed on package. Drain.


Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat until shimmering. Add zucchini to skillet in single layer. Cook, undisturbed, 3-4 minutes, or until bottoms are deep golden brown. Season with salt & pepper.


Reduce heat to medium; add pasta and stock. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta is done. Remove pan from heat; stir in Effortless Summer Pesto and vinegar. Sprinkle with pine nuts and additional ground pepper before serving.

Tasty Tips

Zucchini and summer squash benefit from a quick sear in a hot pan for maximum flavor without developing a mushy texture.

When time is limited, substitute purchased pesto for the Effortless Summer Pesto.

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