Saturday, February 27, 2010

Recipe: Spaghetti with courgettes and almonds

Heya guys, so this is my first recipe post on here! Ive got to admit im not the best food photographer in the world but I intend to improve on that.

This is a beautiful, light and healthy pasta dish, that i feel is quite 'authentic', as italian pasta dishes are usually just 'coated' rather than smothered in sauce. It makes a fantastic vegetarian main course. This recipe, along with my "Sweet Potato and Feta Salad" recipe, won me £150 worth of Joseph Joseph Cookware, in an Epicure recipe competition.

Spaghetti with courgettes and almonds (serves 2) £1.60 per portion

150g spaghetti
30g whole blanched almonds
Extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 courgettes, grated
Knob of butter
2 tbsp chopped parsley
Zest of 1 lemon and a squeeze of juice
Salt and pepper

1. Toast the almonds in a dry pan, wait to cool, then roughly chop.
2. Cook pasta according to instructions (make sure pasta is al dente). Meanwhile fry the courgettes and garlic in the olive oil and butter with lots of seasoning.
3. Once pasta is cooked, add to the courgettes with 50ml of the pasta water. Add parsley, lemon, almonds, a drizzle of oil and mix well. Season to taste, garnish with parmesan and serve!

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