Golden zucchini cherry tomato pasta

Golden zucchini cherry tomato pasta

Recipe by Mariza from Life in The South co

This Golden Zucchini Cherry Tomato Pasta is my first official recipe for this season. Spring is in the air, and it’s just wonderful!

For me, spring means getting out doors, frolicking in the flowers and delighting in seasonal produce. I love the change of colour, the floral smells and earlier mornings. The colours are just so inspiring and it brings out the hues of my heart.

Golden Zucchini Cherry Tomato Pasta


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 2-4 people

Pasta Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked red lentil pasta
  • 1 large zucchini sliced and cubed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (some whole and others sliced lengthways)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil sliced for serving

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews (soak for at least 30 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 heaped tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1/2- 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and then add the spiced vegetables on a baking tray.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes until glossy and jammy.
  3. Blend all the sauce ingredients together and then add half of the roasted zucchini to the sauce and blend until smooth.
  4. Gradually heat the sauce until it thickens and then pour into a serving dish of your choosing.
  5. Bring water to a boil add salt and a bit of olive oil and then add the pasta, cook for 15 minutes or so until al dente. Drain and leave aside.
  6. In the bowls, first layer the pasta, then the vegetables and then lastly the sauce plus extra hemp hearts and the sliced basil on top.
  7. Enjoy!


About the author:

Mariza is a South African food blogger and food stylist who has been living in the south of France for the past six years. She is a passionate baker, recipe creator and photographer that draws inspiration from the food fusions in France and her South African heritage.

She makes mostly everything from scratch and chooses to make healthy, clean meals for her and her family. Good quality, easy, accessible recipes is what she thrives to create for the everyday home cook, young newlyweds, plant-based eaters and contentious cooks.

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