Spaghetti with Zucchini Walnuts & Raisins

golden!

I’m normally not a fan of pastas like this. There isn’t a sauce that saturates all the noodles so you really have to work at creating the perfect bite with all the ingredients. It’s also a bear to mix together because all of the fun stuff just wants to hang out at the bottom of the pot.  It was hard for me to judge how much I liked the pasta until half of the spaghetti on my plate was eaten. Verdict? YUM!

the best part

All of the leftover zucchini, raisins & nuts on my plate tasted wonderful! We got a little fancy and topped our pasta mounds with some white truffle oil. It brought out the earthy flavors of the nuts & Parmesan cheese. Good call, Casey. If you’re a walnut & raisin fan like Cooper, you’re in for a real treat! He was begging for more plump golden raisins & toasted walnuts. Two out out two boys in this household approve. Which makes the only mom/wife/cook in this household thrilled.

Let’s get started!

Gather your ingredients! Get your pasta boiling on the stove!

zeee ingredients

Chop your nuts & measure out your golden raisins. MMM raisins.

musn't forget these bad boys

While your pasta is cooking, chop up the zucchini.

zucchini choppage

Thinly slice your garlic. How cute is this teeny mandolin?

baby mandoline

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chopped walnuts. Get them slightly brown.

walnut browning

Now add in your garlic and saute until soft.

garlic sautee

It’s zucchini & golden raisin time! Cook until the zucchini softens.

enter zucchini & raisins

Add the zucchini mixture to your pasta. Start stirring like a mofo.

mix

Dump in a ton of Parmesan cheese. The more, the merrier!

cheese shredding

Keep stirring!

MIX!!

Now plate it up! Add some Parmesan on top!

spaghetti with zucchini, raisins & walnuts

If you wanna be extra fancy like us, top it with some white truffle oil!

white truffle oil!

We added a ton to ours!

Spaghetti with Zucchini, Walnuts & Raisins

(recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine)

  • 12 oz. spaghetti (I used Barilla Plus. It’s good!)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. small zucchini (about 4-5) cut into thin half moons
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (but who really measures that? Add a lot!)
  • white truffle oil (optional)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain & return to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic & cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, about 1 minute.

Add the zucchini and golden raisins to the skillet, season with salt & pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until the zucchini is just tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the zucchini mixture to the pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with more Parmesan before serving. Add a few glugs of white truffle oil on top! Devour!

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8 Comments

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  • August 2, 2010

    This looks tasty!
    My favorite line…”Start stirring like a mofo.”
    I love a LOT of parmesan on pasta!

    • August 3, 2010

      haha!! me too…great minds, baby!

  • August 4, 2010

    Can’t wait to try this one, especially since I’ve been trying to incorporate more walnuts! Super recipe again!!
    :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I’m putting this on the list! Looks great!

  • Myia
    September 29, 2010

    My kids have been asking for a raisin and spaghetti recipe ever since they saw the Yeti episode of The Backyardigans. Listen to the lyrics of the Yeti song and you’ll know what I mean. Can’t wait to surprise them with this recipe.

  • October 6, 2010

    Delicious! This recipe has now moved into almost weekly rotation!

  • Meghan
    January 30, 2012

    just made this with parm cous cous- so tasty!

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