Pasta with Zucchini, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Shitake Mushrooms & Herbs

Zucchini squashes are back in season; they come in all shapes, colors and sizes and, when fresh, have a lovely natural sweetness to them.You could make this dish with fresh mushrooms and tomatoes, but I like both the chewiness of the dried ones as well as the sweet flavor of the tomatoes when dried. The fresh herbs round out the flavors nicely and make this a wonderful pasta dish. IMG_0890


  • 2 1/4 cup of zucchini squash, cut into small bite size chunks
  • 1/4 cup dry tomatoes
  • 1/2  cup dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soysauce
  • 1/2 bundle of parsley
  • 2 sprigs of marjoram (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 sprigs of thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 sprig of oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • Freshly graded parmesan (optional)
  • Pasta (I used brown rice pasta in this dish, but any pasta will be fine)

Serves 4 to 6



  1. Cut dried tomatoes into small chunks, I use my poultry shears to do it; works very well
  2. Boil water and pour over mushrooms and tomatoes (separate containers), cover and let sit for 10 minutes, drain liquid. You can save a bit of the tomato water in case you need extra liquid for the dish, do not use the mushroom water.
  3. Chop all other ingredients
  4. Boil water for pasta, add pasta when ready
  5. Heat oil in large pan over medium heat, add garlic and onion, saute for 3-4 minutes
  6. Add zucchini, saute for 5 minutes
  7. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and herbs - save a tablespoon of parsley for garnish, saute for a couple of minutes
  8. Ad white wine, soysauce, salt and pepper, cover pan and cook over low to medium heat for 5 - 10 minutes, until zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes are done (remember the mushrooms and tomatoes will stay chewy!) Add tomato water if you need more liquid.
  9. Mix with pasta, garnish with remaining parsley and top with grated parmesan.
  10. Serve as main or side dish.

Bon Appetit!