Pesto & courgette pasta bake

Pesto & courgette pasta bake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4 - 5

A handful of ingredients go a long way in this hearty oven-baked supper- use your favourite pasta shape, but we like rigatoni, bows or macaroni

Nutrition and extra info

  • after baking
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal639
  • fat36g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 400g pasta shapes, try rigatoni, bows or macaroni



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 190g jar or fresh tub of basil pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 500g tub half-fat crème fraîche
  • 550g courgette, grated



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

  • 85g fresh breadcrumb
  • olive oil, for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cook the pasta for 1-2 mins less than the pack instructions say, so that it has a little more bite. Reserve a ladle of cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, mix the pesto, crème fraîche and courgettes together. Add the pasta and stir well, adding a little of the reserved water to create a good sauce consistency. Taste and season.

  3. Tip the pasta and sauce into a baking dish and scatter over the breadcrumbs. Drizzle with a little olive oil and bake for 20 mins until the topping is crisp.

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Joseph Duckworth's picture
Joseph Duckworth
3rd Mar, 2018
Great recipe!
13th Apr, 2015
Very tasty. After reading the comments I halved the ingredients and added a clove of garlic which a fried for a couple minutes before adding the pesto. Also left out the breadcrumbs and topped with sliced mozzarella and tomato. So slight deviation, but delicious.
26th Nov, 2014
I've made this several times and its becoming one of my favourites! I've made it with and without breadcrumbs (just added a little extra cheese!) And it's delicious either way! There's only 2 of us so I half the recipe and find there is enough for both of us for tea and an extra portion that I take to work for lunch the next day and have it cold which is really good too!
29th Jul, 2014
I cooked this yesterday as we have a glut of courgettes and it was lovely, definitely something I will do again. Portions are very generous
riversidebaking's picture
23rd Oct, 2013
We halved the recipe for two of us (we had been to the gym, so were hungry!) really enjoyed it, except next time I'd throw some nuts in with the crumble
13th Oct, 2013
We really enjoyed this recipe. Like the others we reduced the quantities: 200g pasta, 200g creme fraiche, 200g cougettes and only 3/4 jar of pesto so as not to hide the flavor of the cougettes. Kept the quantity of breadcumbs at 85g for the crispy topping.
15th Aug, 2013
I halved the ingredients as am cooking for two people and actually used 150g pasta because 200g seemed too much. I added lots of black pepper, and mixed parmesan into the breadcrumbs.It still made a big portion! It was very tasty served on the side of sausages and fried asparagus. Definitely a keeper.
11th Aug, 2013
Thought I was on to a winner with this recipe as we are overloaded with courgettes, but found it to be very bland, main flavour was the pesto. Needs garlic and fresh parmesan to bring it to life. Sorry, won't make again.
7th Aug, 2013
You must have to be starving to eat this.Far to much pasta .Made this with half the ingredients and it would have been enough for four people.
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15th Aug, 2013
After reading all the comments that said it was a bit bland, I thought I would add my own take. I decided to put some chicken in it for my meat eating husband and daughter and I used less crème fraiche and added a soft cheese instead. I melted the soft cheese by frying the cooked chicken in it and then adding them to the mix. I also added chopped cherry tomatoes and with the breadcrumbs, I mixed it with some finely grated cheese. I also added less pesto, as the taste is quite overpowering.
18th Aug, 2013
Could you tell us what the result was like, please.
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