Courgette & lemon linguine

Courgette & lemon linguine

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 8 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
The raw, zingy toppings keep this pasta dish light and summery

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal435
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 400g linguine
  • 3 courgette, coarsely grated



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

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
    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…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • zest 1 unwaxed lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • large pinch crushed chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • handful basil leaves, torn


  1. Cook the linguine following the pack instructions, then drain quickly so some cooking water is still clinging to the strands.

  2. Tip back into the cooking pan with the grated courgettes, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, chillies and most of the basil. Season generously, then use tongs to toss everything together. Scatter with remaining basil leaves and add an extra drizzle of oil, if you like.

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Comments (18)

fayemarissa's picture

At first I wasn't so sure, as it was quite bland, but I added lots of salt and it gave it more flavour.

alizonc's picture

This is very easy, inexpensive, and very very very yummy served along side a garlic bread!

martiena's picture

Thought this would be fresh and summery, but it turned out to be just bland. Won't be making it again.

masztnat's picture

Easy and quick to make but very bland, only edible with a large handful of parmesan to add flavour and hide strong lemon/washing up liquid smell!

beckyboo42's picture

gotta say i agree wiv eusdan but ovtherwise nice

beckyboo42's picture

gotta say i agree wiv eusdan but ovtherwise nice

eusden's picture

v. nice but WAY too much pasta, works better with 300g-320g. otherwise fantastic!

eusden's picture

v. nice but WAY too much pasta, works better with 300g-320g. otherwise fantastic!

drewcyster's picture

Delicious! Improvised the quantities as only cooking for one but still worked out great. Didn't have any chillies but it still made a nice summery meal.

indichick's picture

Nice and fresh, although to add more taste added the juice of half a lemon and stuck in more chilli and some prawns. Turned out to be very tasty and perfect with a nice cold larger.

bubbaroo's picture

This has just been polished off by my 14 and 12 year old children who claim to loathe courgettes! My son thought it a bit bland but was happy with a little extra fresh lemon juice squeezed over. I thought it was a lovely subtle flavour, but used plenty of basil and ended up adding a little extra chilli to mine. Will definitely make it again.

notonadiet's picture

Made as described less the chilli. Whilst we enjoyed the lemony/garlicy flavour we did find very understated, bland even. Couldn't really taste the courgettes either. Liked the concept so will search for a more flavourful recipe.

michkb's picture

Turned out a bit bland for my liking to be honest, but my husband polished it off!

barnetgirl's picture

Really speedy to make with a lovely fresh summery flavour, very light and summery.

martinhamer's picture

I've made this a few times, and I find it a lovely, fresh and zesty. Quick and easy to make. Perfect for a summer; everyday after work meal.
I add more or less chilli depending on how spicy I feel like having it.

jenniferbrickman's picture

Quick, easy and very good. Didn't turn out as I had expected - I used fresh pasta and the grated courgettes ended up a bit clumpy. I also used lemon juice like Zipetty - very summery. Will make again for a quick lunch or dinner.

zipetty's picture

I made this tonight, really yummy and quick. I substituted lemon juice for the lemon zest and left out the olive oil. It was lovely and Ill definitely make it again

kimblebeebum's picture

Made this last night, It was very easy to make and the flavours complimented each other wonderfully.
Perfect for when you just want to relax and not spend all night in front of the oven.

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