February 9, 2023

Spaghetti with Crispy Zucchini

 Spaghetti with Crispy Zucchini

This Spaghetti with Crispy Zucchini is the perfect end-of-summer song! It doesn’t get much better than fresh summer zucchini coated in a crispy, cheesy breading piled high on top of spaghetti with fresh herbs.

It’s crispy zucchini spaghetti day, which means a big happy plate of steamy, twirly, saucy spaghetti (nothing too fancy here) piled high with roasty zucchini pieces surrounded by crispities of golden panko layered with a blanket of melted cheese and some bits of fresh basil.

It’s crunchy, summery, gardeny, cheesy in whatever way you want it to be cheesy (goat cheese, anyone?), steamy and satisfying, and totally perfect for a very hungry night because spaghetti doesn’t let us down.

Also: it’s very SOS-able.

We’ve been a part of a CSA this summer, which has been delicious and super fun for my toddler who loves the mystery of finding out “what’s in the box” week after week. It has also taken my relationship with zucchini to new heights. I practically need a new zucchini recipe every single day in order to keep up with the amount that we’re getting in our CSA boxes each week, and me and my zucchini are really progressing on our journey together.

One of our favorite ways to eat zucchini this summer has been zucchini fries or zucchini chips, and so you can understand that it was only just a matter of time until things evolved into a faster, lower maintenance, highly-delicious pasta-based way to eat more zucchini.

Can every day be crispy zucchini spaghetti day?

Because zucchini slices laced with crispy panko, Italian seasoning, Parmesan, garlic powder, and some lemon zest and blanketed under a bubbly little cheese quilt just sort of takes on a life of its own.

*grabs a piece hot off the pan*

*grabs another piece*

*and a few more*

A Very SOS-Friendly Ingredient List

Everything on your ingredient list is likely already in your pantry:

  • spaghetti
  • store-bought spaghetti sauce
  • zucchini
  • panko
  • egg
  • Italian seasoning
  • any cheese for topping, like Mozzarella for the melty goodness, or goat cheese for the creamy tang

How To Make Spaghetti with Crispy Zucchini

To make this happen you’re going to have two main spots you’re working on (and I use the term “working on” very loosely):

And with minimal effort, look at what you’re eating for dinner: a hot, twirly bowl of spaghetti loaded high with cheesy zucchini crispities and fresh basil. Add some extra lemon juice or red pepper flakes to wake it all up and this is not a sad dinner situation.

I have lost track of how many times my husband AND my toddler have gone back for seconds on this. The table just falls silent in delight as we slurp, twirl, and crunch, which, in my life right now, is the best kind of SOS dinner.

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