Courgette, basil & almond pasta

Courgette, basil & almond pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

Make al fresco eating simple with this fresh summery pasta dish from Mary Cadogan

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
547
protein
20g
carbs
69g
fat
23g
saturates
5g
fibre
4g
sugar
4g
salt
0.32g

Ingredients

  • 175g orecchiette pasta
  • 2 tbsp toasted blanched almonds
  • 2 small or 1 medium courgettes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • large bunch basil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 rounded tbsp grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

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Method

  1. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, finely chop the almonds, chop the courgette into small chunks, crush the garlic and strip the basil leaves from the stalks. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette for 2-3 mins until starting to soften, then throw in the garlic and half the basil and cook for 1 min more.
  2. Drain the pasta and add to the courgettes, along with the almonds, the rest of the basil, the Parmesan, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Toss everything together and serve with extra Parmesan on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2007

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larkspur45's picture

Very tasty dish quick and easy to prepare. Used spaghetti as didn't have specified pasta. Added more almonds, courgettes and basil plus a few splashes of olive oil to finished dish.

hayles83's picture
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I doubled the garlic and realised I had no lemons so put in a splash of balsamic. It was very simple but tasty and would make again

martinallen1980's picture
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Lovely tastes blended together. Quite intense Garlic taste, so adjust dependant on specific taste. Can be quite a dry dish. As always....enjoy with a nice glass of white wine.

ladiedaa's picture
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I'm no courgette lover, but due to a gigantic crop I've got loads. I liked the recipe, the amount of flavour was a real surprise, I added some more garlic though.

rreitsma's picture
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Great recipe. Quick, easy, and very tasteful. I added a bit more courgette and overdid on the parmesan, but that's something everybody can adjust to their own tasting. Great recipe for kids.

eurostarke's picture
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Not my favourite, but stilla quick and nice dish.

abbie5603's picture
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Just made this and it was really delicious , might add a bit more garlic next time as i love the stuff but all in all a great dish , will be making again and again .

momshakespeare's picture
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A winner for the kids! My kids have numerous food allergies and it is always difficult to find a pasta recipe that doesn't rely on cream or cheese for it's creaminess. With a bit of goat's cheese to replace the parmesan, this dish is a big hit every time.

helgendasz's picture
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Really nice flavours in a simple dish, even worked well the day after for packed lunch.

patlim's picture
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This sounded a bit bland but the garlic and almond combination was really tasty.

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