5-Ingredient Spaghetti with Zucchini & Parmesan


This 5-ingredient dinner, not counting staples like salt, pepper and oil, is quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy it as is or jazz it up with crushed red pepper and chopped herbs. For a heartier dinner, add a can of white beans (rinsed) or some cooked chicken.

5-Ingredient Spaghetti with Zucchini & Parmesan
Photo: Rachel Marek
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), grated

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain the spaghetti.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, garlic, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until any liquid is absorbed and the zucchini is very soft. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with tongs until well combined. Add a little of the reserved pasta water if the mixture seems very dry. Sprinkle with Parmesan and lemon juice; toss again to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
19g Fat
48g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 326IU 7%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Vitamin K 6mcg 5%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 98mg 23%
Potassium 576mg 12%
Zinc 3mg 27%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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