Courgette & lemon linguine

Courgette & lemon linguine

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(25 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


  • 400g linguine
  • 3 courgettes, coarsely grated



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

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
    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 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…

  • 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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21st Mar, 2011
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.
7th Jan, 2011
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.
24th Oct, 2010
Turned out a bit bland for my liking to be honest, but my husband polished it off!
12th Aug, 2010
Really speedy to make with a lovely fresh summery flavour, very light and summery.
12th Aug, 2010
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.
3rd Aug, 2010
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.
11th Jul, 2010
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
10th Apr, 2010
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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