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Slow cooked courgette pasta

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Vegetarian mains

Slow cooked courgette pasta

Main Serves 2 45 min
Watch as the pan full of courgettes collapses into a thick and unctuous sauce. Very low and very slow is the key. Don't be shy of having a play by adding some fresh herbs to the final mix or a pinch or 2 of dried chilli.


  • 500g courgettes, very finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 200g pasta of your choosing
  • lemon
  • 1 tbsp crème fraiche - optional
  • Parmesan, Pecorino or vegan cheese alternative
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
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Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 40 min
  • Step 1

    Heap the courgette slices into a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and cook on a low heat for about 20 minutes, they should start to cook and reduce. Stir every so often and make sure they aren't catching on the bottom of the pan.
  • Step 2

    Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 15 minutes, adding a dash of water now and then if it starts to catch.
  • Step 3

    Meanwhile cook your pasta.
  • Step 4

    Season the courgettes with salt, pepper and a squeeze or 2 of lemon juice. Stir in the crème fraiche, some good olive oil and a dash of the pasta water to loosen.
  • Step 5

    Mix with the drained pasta and top with a generous grating of cheese.

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