Courgette, basil & almond pasta

Courgette, basil & almond pasta

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Make al fresco eating simple with this fresh summery pasta dish from Mary Cadogan

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal547
  • fat23g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein20g
  • salt0.32g
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  • 175g orecchiette pasta
  • 2 tbsp toasted blanched almond
  • 2 small or 1 medium courgettes



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

  • 1 garlic clove
  • large bunch basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 3 rounded tbsp grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



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

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  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.

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Comments (11)

shanghai-steve's picture

Made our pasta from scratch tonight (wacky Saturday night idea). I'll let you know how it goes. I often find that a nice sauce goes well with freshly made pasta - freshly made

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

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

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

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

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

Not my favourite, but stilla quick and nice dish.

abbie5603's picture

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

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

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

patlim's picture

This sounded a bit bland but the garlic and almond combination was really tasty.

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Becky Robinson's picture

I added tomatoes and sultanas and it made it ten times better!