Courgette & tomato linguine

Courgette & tomato linguine

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4 as a starter
This sauce is based on the classic Italian bacon and tomato sauce, amatriciana - but it's great without the bacon for veggies, too

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal551
  • fat17g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs82g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre5g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.24g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 140g cubed pancetta or diced smoked streaky bacon



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 300g baby courgettes, thickly sliced on the diagonal, or 3 medium courgettes, cut into chunks



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • pinch caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 x 400g cans good-quality plum tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 400g linguine
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Cook the pancetta or bacon until crisp, add the courgettes, then sizzle for 4 mins until golden. Add the garlic and chilli to the courgettes, cook for 1 min, then sprinkle with sugar and splash in the vinegar. Tip over the canned tomatoes, turn up the heat, season with salt and pepper, then simmer for 10 mins.

  2. While the sauce is simmering, cook the linguine, then drain. Toss the pasta through the sauce, then scatter with parsley and drizzle with a little more olive oil.

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Comments (23)

MrsLB's picture

This is really lovely.

misselsie23's picture

This is simply glorious food. Batch freeze to have a lovely supper squirreled away!

kellyjomedze's picture

Has proven to be a favourite in our house, great easy recipe with bags of taste!

kellyjomedze's picture

Absolutely delicious, even the fussy eater loved it!

alexamjones's picture

Added Worcester sauce instead of red wine vinegar and dried oregano instead of parsley. Worked well!

emilyshort's picture

I made this on Saturday night, and it went down quite well. Tasty, and easy pasta sauce, and made a change to use courgettes. A little salty though. Had it cold for lunch today, which was also nice!

sandra_mcg's picture

Really delicious - will definitely make this one again!

I'm veggie, so used Quorn bacon pieces rather than the pancetta.

shakipax's picture

Quick and easy, next time will use more veg and less pasta

lourolls01's picture

This was lovely, I also made it without meat and added some onions and peppers. It was cheap, healthy and super tasty.

janerichardson's picture

Nice and easy to ring the changes from the courgette glut. I'm veggie so omitted the pancetta but added a couple of onions at the start, and also extra chilli (fresh). Added a couple of teaspoons of sugar which, together with the red wine vinegar and chilli, gave it a bit of a sweet-and-sour flavour. Will make again, and also try to freeze some of the sauce for winter.

thynk2much's picture

This is so delicious and easy, it's hard to believe how sumptuous this tastes with so few ingredients but the courgettes impart a real creamy quality to it. Guests can't believe how simple it is, and I often send them off with the recipe!

ladycassilis's picture

Really delicious and easy, even if you just use regular smoked streaky. Yum!

hanka80's picture

very easy to make and just delicious! kids love it!!!

sarahcookerybook's picture

Finally... something to do with those BOGOF packs of courgettes. Great, easy meal. I'll be making it again.

janbomyers's picture

Great way of using up courgettes!

nicolacouch's picture

Very tasty, will definitely make again. Added a sprinkling of parmesan. Agree with Lynsey re portion size - far too much as a starter.

dlittlewood's picture

This is a fantastic recipe, easy, quick and full of flavour and a wonderful way to use up the courgette glut! Everyone loves it, I throw in a handful of prawns at the end for my seafood lovers.

kfurber's picture

This was very quick and easy. The quality of the pancetta makes a big difference to the flavour of the sauce. Used some beautiful baby courgettes from a Venetian market! Italian food with real Italian ingredients...yum!

tracyann's picture

Thought this was quick and delicious. Would add more courgette and more chilli next time. Definitely worth spending the extra money for pancetta.

lizzafezza's picture

A good one for mid week. Although it says serves 4 as a starter, I would say 4 as a main - they were big portions (even for our household!!!)


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