Ziti with Roasted Zucchini and Garlic


Roasting the zucchini takes a little bit of time, but changes everything about this dish! Well worth the wait.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 2 pounds zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds

  • 8 large shallots, sliced

  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 12 cloves garlic, halved

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta

  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil, divided

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Toss zucchini, shallots, 5 tablespoons oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper in a bowl until coated. Spread on rimmed baking sheets and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Roast vegetables in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until tender, about 30 minutes.

  4. While vegetables are roasting, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ziti pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 9 to 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup cooking water.

  5. Toss cooked pasta with 1 tablespoon oil. Transfer to a large pot. Add roasted vegetables, 1/4 cup cooking water, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil; stir over medium heat until heated through. Add 3/4 cup basil and Parmesan cheese. Toss, adding remaining cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if dry. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with remaining basil sprinkled on top.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 2 large onions instead of shallots

Substitute grated Romano cheese for Parmesan, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
20g Fat
78g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 203mg 16%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 893mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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