Lazy summer pasta

Ready in 45-55 minutes


Serves 2
Perfect for those lazy summer evenings, this no-sauce pasta supper could hardly be easier

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy


  • kcal460
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.07g
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  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 courgette, cut into chunks



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

  • 3 garlic clove, unpeeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 140g fusilli or other short pasta
  • handful of basil leaves
  • freshly grated Parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/conventional 220C/gas 7. Put the onion, courgettes and garlic into a large ovenproof dish. Slosh over the olive oil, season well and give everything a quick stir, then roast for 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes into the veg and continue roasting for 15 minutes more. At the same time, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil so the sauce and pasta will be finished at the same time.

  2. Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook according to pack instructions; about 9-12 minutes.

  3. Drain the pasta. Take the vegetables out of the oven and pop the garlic cloves out of their skins. Mash the garlic against the side of the dish and stir through the vegetables. Tip in the pasta and toss everything together, tearing in some basil as you go. Pile into two bowls and serve with grated parmesan.

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Comments (20)

rachel_r's picture

This turned out very nicely. Roasting the vegetables really brings out the flavour. I added some red pepper as I was a bit short on tomatoes. I also peeled the garlic before roasting but left the cloves whole and slightly bashed. I didn't add Parmesan as I'm vegetarian, but some grated Cheddar might be nice next time.

niftypixie's picture

To be honest, my husband put this on our meal list and I wasn't very interested in having it. Thought it would be bland, but I was completely wrong. I really enjoyed it. We will definitely be having it again. Very easy to make.

abcdefghijord's picture

Made this tonight, it was lovely. Didn't think olive oil and garlic would be enough flavour but it was plenty! I did think however, there was a little too much courgette in it for my liking so I may reduce it to 1 and substitute it with another. Not sure which, but will have a look at med type veggies whilst doing the shop. Everything worked very well together and I served it with chicken. Great recipe!!

itsminty's picture

This dish is so easy to make and tastes so good. I sprinkle some balsamic vinegar over the vegetables before putting it into the oven to give it a slight kick. It's the dish I make when friends ask to take a dish to a party.

itsminty's picture

This dish is so easy to make and tastes so good. I sprinkle some balsamic vinegar over the vegetables before putting it into the oven to give it a slight kick. It's the dish I make when friends ask to take a dish to a party.

dave6376's picture

This is one of several similar recipes on the site. I find the combination of roasted vegetables and pasta irresistible and I'm gradually working my way through them. This one couldn't be easier and is delicious. It does indeed go well with Dressed Little Gems but be aware that that recipe serves 8 while this one only serves 2!

blackcurrant's picture

Really easy, really yummy - garlic came out of skins very easily, but might add an extra clove next time.

izysticklee's picture

Lovely! The roasted courgette is gorgeous

natalierachel's picture

Very tasty. Added mushrooms.

marola's picture

Nice, quick, mid week meal. Will make again when home grown cherry toms are ready.

rosi0904's picture

i'm eating this right now and it is absolutely delicious

kellymayharveyxx's picture

i give it a 5 star rating because i soo love it ...
its my favourite fooddddd
its yummy x

amynadine's picture

Very nice. Agree on the garlic being a bit of a faff though

traciekan's picture

delicious! i used an aubergine and a sliced corn cob too and then added some swedish meatballs. completely delicious.

nicola726's picture

I'm not a vegetarian but I could live on this meal. My boyfriend would prefer it with some meat so we compromise and add grilled halloumi chopped up and toasted pine nuts as a brilliant substitute!

kat-may's picture

This dish is perfect for barbeques, as long as your guests enjoy garlic! Really enjoyable dish, and I'll definitely make it again.

elaines's picture

Very simple and delicious. Also fantastic summery, Mediterranean smell as you open the oven door.

ghemotoc's picture

It took longer than expected but the result was tasty.

libby39's picture

Super quick supper full of flavour. Served this with a salad. Removing the baked garlic from their skins was a little tricky as so hot but what a lovely flavour it gave the pasta!

juliekiely's picture

We have had this dish on a number of occasions and it has been enjoyed by all, even when we had it made with cucumber in Florida when the shop staff sold my husband those instead of courgettes!

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