Creamy Zucchini Pancetta Pasta

Creamy Zucchini Pancetta Pasta

The best kind of comfort food always leaves you feeling better about yourself — like this creamy, cheesy pasta that has just enough zucchini to be a complete meal. Salty pancetta bits are tossed throughout, like specks of gustatory gold. It’s easily customizable with other vegetables that cook in similar times, such as asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower.

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Product Size

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

16-17 mins

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  • 2 tablespoons pancetta, diced small
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups (120g) penne pasta
  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) water
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup (100g) zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (optional)


  1. Add the pancetta, garlic, raw pasta, water, and salt to the Anyday dish.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 13-14 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente with a slight bite.
  3. Stir in the zucchini and oil. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  4. Cook for 3 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
  5. Toss in the sour cream, parmesan, and almonds.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If you can’t find pancetta, use bacon instead.
  • Substitute ricotta cheese for the sour cream and garnish with chopped basil.
  • For more color, toss in a handful of fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes at the very end.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.