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Basil infused Pasta with Courgettes

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Does fresh basil excite your tastebuds? If so, this relatively quick unusual pasta recipe using home-made basil pesto could be a real winner. Grow your own basil for optimum flavour!

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Ingredients

  • PESTO INGREDS.:
  • 1/2 garlic clove finely chopped OR 1 tablsp. finely chopped red onion
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablsps. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablsp. pine nuts lightly toasted
  • 1 tablsp. freshly grated parmesan
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teasp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • MAIN INGREDS.
  • 4 portions dried Pasta (Spaghetti
  • Tagliatelle or Penne)
  • 1 large or 2 small courgettes - grated
  • Rind of 1 lemon - grated
  • Grated parmesan to taste for serving

Details

servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 10mins
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

To make Pesto: Place garlic or onion, seasoning, basil, toasted pine nuts & parmesan in a food processor & whizz, alternatively use a mortar & pestle to mix to a reasonably fine paste. Gradually add olive oil & lemon juice continuing to blend or pound to reach a saucy consistency.

Step 2

Cook pasta to taste. Strain reserving a little of the cooking water. Add in as much pesto as required & fold in courgette & lemon rind. Stir gently adding some cooking water if a little dry.

Step 3

Serve with grated parmesan, a drizzle of olive oil and sprigs of fresh basil.

Marie F's tip: For an interesting colour variation use red basil. For non-vegetarians, some flaked smoked mackeral or strips of grilled or fried streaky bacon could also be added.

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