Courgette, basil & almond pasta

Courgette, basil & almond pasta

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(19 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 cucurbit, 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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27th May, 2008
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.
25th May, 2008
Really nice flavours in a simple dish, even worked well the day after for packed lunch.
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16th Jan, 2008
This sounded a bit bland but the garlic and almond combination was really tasty.


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