orecchiette pasta with zucchini, olives, feta, and mint

This Greek-inspired pasta uses few ingredients but maximizes the flavor of each and every one of them.

By: Anna Decker / 10/07/2015

For starters, the zucchini is browned in the pan, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes are added for heat, then lemon juice brightens up the mix. The finished pasta is topped with a crumble of savory feta and sliced fresh mint. Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you’ll need:

8 oz orecchiette pasta 1 large zucchini 2 oz pitted kalamata olives 2 cloves garlic 1 lemon ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes few sprigs fresh mint 2 oz feta cheese olive oil salt


large pot large skillet colander

Recipe steps:

  1. Cook pasta

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.

  2. Prep vegetables

    Meanwhile, slice zucchini into ¼ inch rounds. Thinly slice olives. Peel and finely chop garlic. Juice ½ the lemon into a small bowl.

  3. Cook zucchini

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add zucchini and season with salt. Cook, stirring, until tender and golden in spots, about 6 minutes.

  4. Add aromatics

    Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and olives. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  5. Stir in pasta

    Add pasta and lemon juice to skillet and toss to coat. Add ½ cup reserved pasta water, a little at a time, until sauce reduces and coats pasta, 1–2 minutes.

  6. Finish

    Crumble cheese. Remove mint leaves from stems and thinly slice. Serve pasta topped with cheese, mint and a drizzle of oil. Enjoy!

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