It’s #NationalVegetarianWeek so I decided that I should make a vegetarian dish.  This can be classified as vegetarian depending on how strict you are as it contains cheese (I know plenty of vegetarians that eat cheese) but you can always substitute for a vegetarian cheese.  My fabulous Courgette Pasta (I’m calling it courgetti) with Homemade Green Pesto tastes good even if I say so myself.  Having gotten to grips with my fabulous spiralizer from Eddingtons I decided to branch out and get a bit more adventurous.  I have seen various recipes for making courgetti before but as far as I am aware they generally boil it and then complain about the courgetti being soggy which really didn’t seem particularly impressive to me.  I decided it might be better to whip out my frying pan instead and see what happened.  This is a FAB recipe in that it is exceptionally healthy and super simple to make which is a bonus in anyone’s eyes.

Courgette is rich in magnesium and potassium which help normalise blood pressure.  It also has anti-cancer properties that inhibit cell mutations and prevent colon and lung cancer.  It is low in calories with just 17 calories per 100g and does not contain saturated fats or cholesterol.  The peel is a great source of dietary fiber .

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I was a little unsure about courgetti at first but I was extremely pleased with the results.  Even Mr Squishy agreed that it tasted finger licking good and didn’t want to waste any of it.  In fact Mr Squishy had seconds and would have had thirds if mummy hadn’t eaten the rest of it.

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Serves 1-2 (2 if accompanied by a side dish)

Ingredients

3 courgettes

For the Pesto

2 cloves of garlic

50g Grana Padano / parmesan whichever you prefer

70g basil leaves

120ml olive oil

40g pine nuts

Sea Salt to taste

Pepper to Taste

Extra cheese for a sprinkling on the top

Method

On a low heat warm the pine nuts and stir until they become a golden brown colour.  Set aside to cool.

Place the garlic, basil leaves, cheese, olive oil and cooled pine nuts into a blender and blend.  You can have either a rustic or smooth version depending on how long you blend it for.

Spiralise the courgette.  Heat up a frying pan and then add the spiralised courgette tossing it so it doesn’t burn.  After about 3 minutes add in about 3tbs of the pesto or more if required and stir in well.  Serve with a sprinkle of cheese a touch of freshly ground pepper and a sprinkling of freshly ground sea salt.

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Thankfully using a pan frying worked very well and I have now made it a few times since getting my new toy.  Loved this recipe using my spiralizer?  Then why not take a look at my

Carrot & Red Cabbage Salad (Fun with a Spiralizer) post.

44 thoughts on “Courgette Pasta with Homemade Green Pesto”

  1. I keep meaning to have a go at making courgette pasta! Need to get myself a spiralizer, especially as my son loves courgettes. Will be pinning this for a later date xxx

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    1. I didn’t know they did them read made, I’m not too keen on that though as they lose their nutrients and they may have been sitting on the shelf for a few days.

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  2. We love pesto, but I still haven’t made my own and it is something I really want to try, I am not sure if the courgette pasta would go down well in my house and my husband and I keep trying it but so far not liked it. But we haven’t had it like this so will give this a go as it sounds delicious x

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  3. This looks amazing! I love that you called it courgetti. It sounds ever so simple to make. I wonder if my children will like it as much as your little ones do 🙂 Thanks for sharing. xx

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  4. This is pretty cool and looks yummy. Trying to get OH to go a bit more experimental with food choices, and this may just convince him… Let’s see! 🙂

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  5. Oh my goodness! Look at him <3 he is so cute!
    I'm going to try this for Hayden and see if he likes it.
    Thanks so much for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

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  6. I must get round to making this, it sounds incredible, your little man is so good, my two eye anything new with suspicion, it won’t stop me trying though!

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    1. Oh dear, wish you lots of luck as it can be hard with fussy eaters. Mine can be like that to. Not to worry I have a pizza recipe for mini ones coming up 😉

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