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Pasta & Zucchini Noodles with Fried Squash Blossom Petals

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Zucchini noodles might be a common sub for pasta, but I like them with pasta too! Especially when they’re topped off with crispy, fried squash blossoms.


  • 4 squash blossoms (2 is sufficient for the pasta, but you’ll want extra for snacking)
  • 4oz pici pasta or thick spaghetti
  • ½ medium zucchini, spiralized the size of the pasta
  • ½ medium golden zucchini, spiralized the size of the pasta
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese (omit if vegan)
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Boil water: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt. It should taste like the sea.
  2. Heat oil: As water is warming, heat 1-2 inches of light olive oil or vegetable oil in a small sauce pot to approximately 350°F. Line a large plate with paper towels.
  3. Prep blossoms: Make a slit down the side of the squash blossoms to open them up. Remove the center (stima/style/ovary area) and discard. Remove and discard the stem. Cut into individual (5-6) petals.
  4. Fry blossoms: Add a few petals to the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute total, flipping occasionally. When crisp, transfer to paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Fry in batches.
  5. Cook pasta: Add pasta to boiling salted water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.
  6. Cook zucchini: After the pasta starts cooking, warm a large, nonstick pan over medium heat. Add oil, followed by the zucchini. Cook, tossing occasionally, until tender with a slight bite, about 2-3 minutes. Add a couple tablespoons of pasta cooking water as the zucchini cooks to help them steam. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Finish pasta: Add the drained pasta to the zucchini. Toss to combine. Stir in parmigiano, lemon zest and lemon juice. Taste for seasoning.
  8. Serve: Place pasta in serving bowls and top with the fried squash blossoms. Drizzle over finishing oil and sprinkle cheese on top, if desired. Enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 pasta
  • Calories: 482
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 204.8 mg
  • Fat: 29.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 17.8 g