Unloved zucchini flower pasta

Zucchini Flowers are the-all-time-favourite! Yottam Ottolenghi makes this amazing Corsican Tarte with the florets and ricotta. Michael stuffs them with mashed potato mixed with prosciutto, Parmigiano and fresh herbs. In Amman, the zucchini flowers remain a novelty and a niche product. When zucchinis arrive in the shops, they have the flowers still attached to them. Luckily, the shop owners usually discard them convinced that no one in Jordan would pay for that. Thanks to this, we get the flowers for free. They make a tasty weeknight pasta with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and fried garlic.

And you? What are your favourite recipes for zucchini flowers?


Serves 2

‘Free-of-charge’ zucchini flowers pasta

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 200 g pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 big zucchini, shavings (very thinly sliced)
  • 5-10 zucchini flowers
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated if possible
  • An abundance of olive oi
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. Heat up the olive oil, add garlic and fry until golden brown. (Don’t let it get dark brown as it will become bitter).
  2. Add the zucchini shavings and flowers, and fry for about 2-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the pasta and season with fresh nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  4. You can add more olive oil, parmigiano or nutritional yeast if you wish.
278 cal
6 g
49 g
11 g

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