Pasta With Zucchini and Lemon Caper Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by blueberry_ricky

Once again--leftovers save the day. Leftover spaghetti, and some unused/leftover produce with no other reason to exist but to transcend the skillet.

Top Review by Gerlinde.Hitzenberg

This is a wonderfully light recipe and something different. Make sure to not add too many capers as the dish might turn out too salty. The only thing I changed is the order of preparing. I sautéd the onions, capers and garlic first, then added the zucchini, added the oregano etc and deglazed everything with lemon juice. I figured this would be less fuss then first sautéing the zucchini. Thank you for posting, it's a keeper for the category "quick, easy, light and slightly different".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into quarters, then crosswise into 1 inch chunks.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in skillet and add the zucchini.
  3. Sauté, tossing once or twice, for 2 minutes.
  4. Add a couple pinches of oregano, grind in some black pepper (a light dusting), and sauté for 1 minute longer.
  5. Add some kosher salt and sauté 1 minute then remove zucchini to a plate.
  6. Add the rest of the olive oil and sauté the garlic for a minute, or until it turns toasty color.
  7. Deglaze with the juice of 1 lemon and reduce by ~1/2-2/3.
  8. Add the stock or broth, and reduce by 1/2-2/3 again.
  9. Off heat, Add butter pinch of oregano, a couple grinds of pepper, and capers.
  10. Return to heat, add the zucchini back in and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Add pasta just to reheat.
  12. Grind in some more pepper.
  13. Serves 2 for a light lunch.

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