Summer courgetti & meatballs

Summer courgetti & meatballs

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to make spaghetti-like 'noodles', then top with pork meatballs and a garlicky, creamy sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal389
  • fat28g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 400g pork mince
  • 4 garlic cloves, 2 crushed, 2 left whole and unpeeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 400g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 fat courgettes



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

  • 4 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • large handful basil



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

  • parmesan shavings, to serve (optional)



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


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the mince in a bowl, season well and add the crushed garlic. Mix together with your hands, then shape into small meatballs – roughly the size of a cherry tomato. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan, add the meatballs and fry for 10-15 mins until golden brown. Meanwhile, tip the tomatoes into a roasting tin with the whole garlic cloves and the remaining oil. Season and roll around the tin until well coated in oil, then roast for 15 mins.

  2. While the meatballs and tomatoes cook, use a spiralizer – I used the finer noodle attachment – or a julienne peeler to create courgette noodles. Once cooked, tip the meatballs into the roasting tin with the tomatoes, fish out the garlic and set aside, then cover the tin with foil to keep warm.

  3. Wash the frying pan. Heat another 1 tbsp oil in the pan, squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins into the pan and mash with a fork. When sizzling, add the crème fraîche, lemon zest and some seasoning. Add the courgetti and toss in the pan for 30 secs until warmed through – any longer and it will wilt. Remove the pan from the heat, and tip in the meatballs, tomatoes and any juices from the tin. Toss together and scatter with pine nuts, basil and Parmesan, if you like.

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19th Aug, 2015
Delicous - love this meal. I added fresh chilli to the meatballs and a little more creme fraiche than th recipe suggested. One of my favourite meals - and we used up some of our courgettes from our allotment!
19th Aug, 2015
Love this meal - I added fresh chilli to the meatballs and used a little more creme fraiche and it is now one of my favourite meals. Easy and tasty, what more can you want!
11th Jul, 2015
Delicious. We all enjoyed it. I added extra lemon zest to the sauce and it was perfect.
26th Jun, 2015
Really tasty recipe. I always make my meatballs in advance and keep in the fridge until needed. They stay firmer that way whilst cooking.
23rd Jun, 2015
Nice recipe! I added some rosemary and chilli flakes to the meatballs. Love the courgetti.
18th Jun, 2015
Really nice and healthy recipe, our clients can calculate their calorie level to have a highly personalised diet
10th Jun, 2015
Really delicious recipe, lovely fresh summery flavours. I didn't have a spiraliser or julienne so made courgette ribbons using a veg peeler and cooked them for an extra minute.
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