Pasta Ai Fiori Di Zucca (Pasta With Zucchini Blossoms)
Prep 15m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 4 servings Calories 298.7

Fresh squash blossoms and parsley give this pasta dish a wonderful summer flavor. Use your favorite pasta shape.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 ounce) package penne pasta
  • 15 fresh zucchini blossoms
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Fill a large pot with water, stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta-cooking water.
  2. 2 Clean and rinse zucchini blossoms, removing the inner parts (stigma or anthers); coarsely chop the flowers.
  3. 3 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until it begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir parsley, saffron, and reserved 1/2 cup of pasta-cooking water into skillet; stir to combine. Add zucchini blossoms and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle cornmeal into mixture and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Gently fold penne pasta into zucchini blossom mixture and top with Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 298.7
  • Carbohydrate 46.4 g
  • Cholesterol 2.2 mg
  • Fat 9 g
  • Fiber 2.7 g
  • Protein 9.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.7 g
  • Sodium 341.5 mg
  • Sugar 2.1 g


  1. While this was very good, I can’t honestly say that the addition of the zucchini blossoms made it any more special. It was pretty, for sure, as well as fun and interesting to try. But given that zucchini blossoms in most instances would be difficult to come by, don’t hesitate to prepare this without them. - Read more ...
  2. A fantastic pasta dish made like traditional pasta in Italy: simple and full of flavour. I made up the sauce while the pasta was cooking and the timing was right on for my bucatini. This dish is as beautiful as it is delicious. The colours are bursting as is the flavour. I think a key - Read more ...