Creamy Rotini with Zucchini, Tomato, and Red Pepper

Creamy Rotini with Zucchini, Tomato, and Red Pepper

Total Time 30 mins


  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 4 Roma tomatoes cored, seeded, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 medium zucchini cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 large red bell pepper cored, seeded, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 medium cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-3/4 oz. ParmIgiano-Reggiano finely grated with a rasp (1-3/4 cup); more for serving
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 Lb. rotini or other short corkscrew pasta


  • Bring an 8-quart pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat.
  • Heat the oil in a12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, garlic, 2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are barely tender, about 7 minutes. Pour in the heavy cream and simmer until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Stir in the cheese, basil, and lemon zest.
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Pour in the sauce and toss until the pasta is evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper, sprinkle with additional cheese, and serve.
Keyword Bell Pepper, Garlic, Lemon, Onion, Roma Tomatoes, Zucchini