Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta (Carb-Free Option)

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Pan fried Halloumi cheese and zucchini disks layered over penne pasta with RAGU traditional homestyle sauce. This easy vegetarian dish can also be made carb-free.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

Options, folks! We need lots of food options when it comes to cooking healthy and delicious foods, especially when the whole world changes schedules! Back to school, back from vacation, and back to a routine!

When my kids were young I looked forward to the end of summer and the beginning of the school schedule.  It’s tough to go from staying up late watching movies and hanging out with friends to the routine of getting out of the door by 7:30 a.m. for a full day of classes.

On the other hand, providing structure can also be comforting. The kids know what to expect and where to be. That’s important stuff when the mom-taxi rolls up and they jump in the car after their various after school activities. When Ashley was a teen she was at dance practice or a play rehearsal.  Sam was on the football field, and they were both starving by the time the day was over.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

One dish that I can always rely on to satisfy the whole family is pasta!  I love how versatile pasta dishes are. You can create a traditional meat and spaghetti dish or a quick seafood and linguini pasta meal in 30 minutes, and most times there will be leftovers!

I love homemade meaty crockpot pasta sauce, but when your schedule is tight and you want a shortcut, RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce is my go to sauce! Not only is it quick to warm up, but when you open a jar of RAGÚ® it tastes like it’s homemade.

The sauce is thick and hearty and folds onto the pasta hugging each noodle so you get a coating of sauce in every bite.  RAGÚ® also tastes delicious with zucchini noddles, which I’ve been eating a lot of lately.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

The hard part is deciding which of the five new bold flavors of sauce to choose from; Traditional, Meat, Roasted Garlic, Four Cheese or Mushroom.

For this Fried Halloumi Cheese Pasta dish I used the Four Cheese pasta sauce made with 100% California-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh spices! It’s delicious right out of the jar, so no ingredient tweaking is necessary.

Even though our kids are out of the house, Alan and I still need quick meal options during the work week.  We’re not picking up the kids from practice or rehearsal, but we are multi-taking our own busy schedules.  I go to the gym after work, and Alan is running around taking care of of our fur babies as soon as he walks in the house.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

This is when team work comes into play. I’ll text Alan to boil some pasta and simmer some RAGÚ® sauce. By the time I get home dinner is practically ready!  All I do is fry up the zucchini and Halloumi cheese, and in under 10 minutes we’re sitting down for our evening meal.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

If you haven’t tried halloumi cheese go find it right away!  It’s made from a mix of goat and sheep milk.  I’m in love with the flavor.  It’s more flavorful than mozzarella, but not as tart as feta. It’s a perfect mix between the two. It also has a high melting point so it doesn’t turn into a gooey mess when frying it up!

For more recipe ideas be sure to check out RAGÚ®‘s website.  You’re sure to find new quick and tasty recipes. Also, don’t miss the round up 15 Weeknight One Pot Meals for Busy Moms that I shared last week.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta
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Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 pound of pasta (penne)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (coconut or olive)
  • 4-6 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced
  • 4-6 large disks of zucchini, sliced
  • 1 package vegetable slaw (broccoli or zucchini)
  • 1 23 ounce RAGU Homestyle pasta sauce
  • Basil and parmesan cheese to top dish
  1. Boil water for pasta and cook according to packaged directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Warm prepared pasta sauce in a medium sauce pan.
  3. In a large skillet warm oil over medium heat. Add zucchini and cheese browning each side for about 2 minutes each. Remove from skillet and set aside. In the same pan saute vegetable slaw until tender (about 5 minutes).
  4. To plate vegetable slaw dish, layer a plate with the prepared vegetables. Add about ¼ cup of Ragu sauce over the slaw. place a zucchini disk on top. Add 1 teaspoon of pasta sauce, then add the cheese topping it with more sauce. Serve with fresh basil and parmesan.
  5. For the Pasta dish, place pasta in a large bowl. fold in pasta sauce to your preference. Place desired amount on a plate. Layer zucchini and cheese disks as described above. Garnish with basil and parmesan cheese.

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta

Pan Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Veggie Slaw

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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23 Comments on Fried Halloumi Cheese and Zucchini over Pasta (Carb-Free Option)

  1. avatar
    August 9, 2016

    This has my stomach absolutely growling! It looks so deliciously appetizing.

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    Robin Masshole Mommy says:
    August 10, 2016

    That sounds delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family!

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      August 10, 2016

      It comes together very quick, so save it for one of your super busy nights!

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    August 10, 2016

    Yum, everyone love a good pasta dish! this looks fabulous, great job!

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      August 10, 2016

      Thank you, Mary! Pasta is definitely a favorite. My husband could eat pasta and pizza every week!

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    LIz Mays says:
    August 10, 2016

    I buy that sauce nearly every time now. I just love how thick it is!

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      August 10, 2016

      It’s true, Liz! Nice and thick sauce that you don’t need to drain the extra water from. So handy to have in the pantry too!

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    Neely Moldovan says:
    August 10, 2016

    WOW! This looks incredible! Such a great meal to add to dinner menus!

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      August 10, 2016

      Thanks! I hope this recipe comes to mind the next time you’re craving a tasty and easy meal!

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    August 10, 2016

    I love grilled and fried zucchini. Not only does it have amazing flavors, but it’s good for you too.

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      August 10, 2016

      You are so right! I’ve been trying to change my mind set thinking that all fat is bad. It’s not! Good fats keep you satisfied longer and you’re right! It enhances the dish so much.

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    August 10, 2016

    I love cheese but haven’t ever had halloumi. I have tried this sauce. I really liked the flavor and consistency of it.

  8. avatar
    August 11, 2016

    This looks divine! I love fried halloumi and zucchini too! So much YES!

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    Tami says:
    August 11, 2016

    We are growing tired of the same ol’ meals week after week. This will be a winner I’m sure.

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    Sheena says:
    August 11, 2016

    This looks like a fantastic comfort food meal! I know we’d love it at our house!

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    CourtneyLynne says:
    August 12, 2016

    Omg can we say yum?!?! I’m definitely going to be giving your recipe a try!

  12. avatar
    August 13, 2016

    What a delicious quick & easy weeknight dinner idea! 🙂 And I am going to have to look for that halloumi cheese- never heard of it before, but now I am intrigued.

  13. avatar
    August 14, 2016

    I am a huge fan of Ragu sauces. Not only do I use them in pasta sauces, they also make a great base for curry recipes. Yum!

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    Debra C. says:
    August 14, 2016

    I need to jump on the Halloumi cheese train, fried cheese? Gotta be good! Love that you’ve paired it with such an easy meal and delicious sauce. Ragu has such great flavor!!

  15. avatar
    August 14, 2016

    Oooh!!! WOW!! fried haloumi cheese is my absolute favorite! I cant believe I never thought of adding it to a pasta! yum!

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    mary says:
    August 17, 2016

    I have never heard of that kind of cheese, but it looks good in the pan next to the zucchini. I will have to keep an eye out for it!

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