the recipe for the delicious first course

Here is the recipe for zucchini and shrimp pasta, an easy-to-make and delicious dish that can be served on any occasion. In short, the perfect pasta!

Today we see how to make zucchini and shrimp pasta, a first course that everyone has surely eaten at least once in their life. This dish is based on few ingredients, and for this very reason it is difficult to find a balance between the various components of the sauce. The thing more difficile of all, for example, is to obtain a shrimp and courgette sauce well combined with the pasta: with our recipe (and our advice) you will surely have no problems!

Ready? So let’s start preparing this pasta with zucchini and shrimp by following the photo steps or the video recipe!

Pasta Zucchini And Shrimps
Pasta Zucchini And Shrimps

Preparation of pasta with zucchini and shrimp

To give creaminess we’re going to create a zucchini pesto with our pasta, which will bind all the ingredients making this first course really appetizing.

Grate one courgette, cut the others into slices

1. Take 3 courgettes and grate them in a bowl, while the other cut it into slices and cook it in a pan with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt.

Prepare zucchini pesto

2. Together with the grated courgettes, add the basil, pine nuts, pecorino, parmesan and oil. Blend until you get a zucchini pesto colorful and creamy. Add salt and pepper and mix well.

Cook zucchini and shrimp and deglaze with wine

3. Let’s move on to pan cooking. Once the courgettes are soft and cooked, take care of the prawns: after cleaning them, sear them in a pan for about 2 minutes and deglaze with the white wine.

Cook pasta, toss it with sauce and serve

4. Now that all the ingredients are ready, all you have to do is boil the pasta in salted water. When it’s nice al dente, skip it in pan with the zucchini pesto, the whole zucchini and a ladle of cooking water. Add the sautéed prawns, a handful of chopped fresh parsley and, if desired, some toasted pine nuts.

To prepare the pasta with cream, zucchini and shrimp, add a pack of cream after blending the sauce with the white wine. Don’t let the cream get too hot or it will tend to coagulate!

Your zucchini and shrimp pasta is ready to serve. Enjoy your meal! And if you liked this recipe, we leave you all our best recipes with zucchini or the version of the classic recipe with some variations: you’ll love them all!

Variations and suggestions for pasta with shrimps and courgettes

There are so many variations to prepare this first course, let’s see together some tips to enrich the recipe and, subsequently, the most famous variant and gourmet of this first course: the recipe for pasta with prawns and courgettes. Before talking about the possible variants, let’s start by setting the choice of raw material.

– It is probably obvious but to obtain an unsurpassed taste and appearance you will have to choose very fresh shellfish, better if purchased from your trusted fishmonger and, for those who control the fishing chain, the best choice is to opt for shrimp from the Mediterranean Sea. If you haven’t chance or time to make this type of purchase you can still opt for frozen shrimp, easy and quick to cook and also cheap.

– Well, now let’s move on to our advice on the variations: in addition to the most famous variation with prawns (and not prawns) you can start with the basic recipe and enrich it with some ingredients that will make it more aromatic and studied: in fact, we recommend adding a saffron sachet in a ladleful of cooking water, dissolve the precious powder and add it to the pasta being creamed with the sauce.

– Another touch from true masters is to add some breadcrumbs toasted in a pan as a last touch to decorate the dish and give that crunchy note that completes it. Another variant that we suggest is the one with cherry tomatoes: dip 150 g of it into the pan when you sauté the pasta for an extra touch of flavor and colour!

Our best ideas have run out, but there are so many more just waiting to be discovered with experimentation! Now let’s move on to the latest and best alternative version: let’s find out the ingredients and preparation of pasta with prawns and zucchini!

Shrimp and zucchini pasta

Pasta with prawns and zucchini
Pasta with prawns and zucchini

Many do confusion but prawns and prawns are not the same thing. In fact, the former, in terms of cooking, have a more decisive taste, are larger and require more time to cook. If what you are looking for is the recipe for pasta with prawns and zucchini, here is what you will need:

  • 400 g of fusilli
  • 350 g of prawns to clean
  • 4 courgettes without flowers
  • 50 ml of dry white wine
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • a pinch of pepper
  • fresh parsley to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Put some water on the stove and while waiting for it to boil, peel the prawns. Keep aside the heads and shells e scald them in a pan with garlic, oil and white wine to deglaze. Then filter the rejects (if you want, keep some heads for decorate the dish) and use the liquid obtained to cook the zucchini pieces by adding a glass of water.

After about 5 minutes, add the prawns to the pan and cook for another 10 minutes. In the meantime, throw away the pasta and drain it directly into the pan with zucchini and prawns. Bind everything with a little cooking water and serve.


This pasta is delicious when freshly cooked, it is certain that it could also be served as acold pasta salad in the evening or the next morning (but no later). If you want you can keep the zucchini and shrimp sauce separately, the advice is to store it in the refrigerator for a maximum of 1-2 days in a container with an airtight lid.

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