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Make this delicious Creamy Zucchini Sauce with fresh garden zucchini and herbs.

Creamy Zucchini Sauce

Over the last few months – when we had more garden zucchini than we could eat – my husband Jack started testing out a Creamy Zucchini Sauce recipe. What started out as a way for us to use up a glut of zucchini ended up being one of our new favorite zucchini recipes of the summer!


Creamy Zucchini Sauce

We show this Creamy Zucchini Sauce served simply with pasta, but (especially if you are avoiding carbs)  it’s also delicious spooned over other cooked vegetables, or in any recipe that calls for a cream sauce.

How do you make Creamy Zucchini Sauce?

You’ll start by cutting about two-and-a-half pounds of fresh garden zucchini in half lengthwise – then use a spoon to remove the seeds. Next, grate the zucchini (skin and all) with a box grater or with the grater attachment of a food processor.

Saute some diced, sweet onions in a large skillet, then add a pinch of red pepper flakes and minced garlic and cook for another minute or so.


Creamy Zucchini Sauce

Then, add your shredded zucchini to the skillet, along with fresh basil, oregano and mint. (By the way, this Creamy Zucchini Sauce recipe is a great way to use up fresh garden herbs too!) Simmer the zucchini-herb mixture for about 15 minutes – cooking until the zucchini is super soft.

Add heavy cream and more fresh herbs, then add grated Romano cheese to finish off the sauce.

Creamy Zucchini Sauce

Toss with your favorite pasta, or spoon this Creamy Zucchini Sauce over steamed vegetables. Enjoy!

You may enjoy these other Zucchini reicpes:

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Creamy Zucchini Sauce

Creamy Zucchini Sauce

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


12 ounces your favorite dry pasta

2 ½ pounds zucchini

¾ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

1 cup sweet onion diced, such as Vidalia

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 ½ tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped and divided

4 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped and divided

4 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped and divided

1 cup heavy cream

¾ cup freshly grated Romano cheese


Cook the pasta according to package directions and reserve one cup of the pasta water.

Cut the zucchinis in half the long way and remove seeds and ends. Shred on large holes of a box grater or use the shredder blade of a food processor. Set aside.

While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil and once hot, add the onion and saute for three minutes.

Add the pepper flakes and garlic and cook one minute then add the zucchini, salt, pepper, half the basil, half the oregano and half the mint. Bring up to a bubble, cover and reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure the mixture doesn’t stick.

After 15 minutes, remove the cover and add the cream and the remaining herbs and bring up to heat.

Add the Romano cheese and if too thick, add some pasta water to thin the sauce, then serve either mixed with the pasta or served on the side.


Note: Nutritional information below includes pasta.

Keywords: Creamy Zucchini Sauce


Creamy Zucchini Sauce

Creamy Zucchini Sauce

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  • shailesh . chennai. India wrote:

    Tried this zuccini sauce with pasta.
    wonderful .

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you – so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Susan Kay Sutton wrote:

    I made it! But I had to substitute the zucchini for squash due to not having any zucchini. I was quite pleased with the outcome. I can hardly wait for my garden to start producing

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Susan!

  • Allison Ashby wrote:

    I love this! It’s delicious. I used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the heavy cream because I had it on hand and it still worked.
    OMG I wish I had discovered this before now, a great alternative to red pasta sauce and I think it would be excellent on plain broiled fish with lemon on the side as well. THANK YOU!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Allison – glad you enjoyed the sauce!

  • lynda LaRosa wrote:

    I’ve read this recipe over and over and am unsure what I’m missing. After adding the zucchini “bring it up to a bubble”, but there’s no liquid in here yet to bubble. Help!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lynda – The zucchini will start to release liquid as soon as you start to heat it, no additional liquid is needed.

  • Elizabeth wrote:

    I am making this right now … are we really sautéing in 3/4 CUPS of olive oil??

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Elizabeth – Just seeing this now…that’s correct.

  • Cathy raybuck wrote:

    I made this an it’s yummy but it isn’t creamy like yours. I don’t know what I did wrong. I thot maybe I used to much zucchini. I grated it an then weighed out 21/2 lbs. I have even put mor cream an cheese in an still not creamy looking. Any ideas?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Cathy – It’s always hard to troubleshoot without being in the kitchen with you, and without more of a description of the consistency of your sauce. You could try a smaller shred for the zucchini…or if the cream separated, be sure not to get it too hot after you’ve added that to the sauce. I’m guessing here – hope that helps?

  • Traci wrote:

    Great recipe! I am using this as the sauce over chicken and broccoli orecchiette.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Traci!

  • Loree wrote:

    This was easy and amazing! Everyone in the family loved it. I added chicken and used my immersion blender to make it real creamy. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Loree!

  • Sandra balnkenship wrote:

    Made this and my husband loved it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sandra – So glad the recipe was a hit!

  • Kari Hamilton wrote:

    Do you think that this sauce would freeze well?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Kari – Although we haven’t tried doing so ourselves, I think it would freeze OK – but I would so it before you add the cream. Once thawed, then add the cream and cheese. Hope that helps!

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