The Recipe Post #3: Courgette and Tomato Pasta

Next up, it’s another pasta recipe! A couple of weeks ago some of my girlfriends came round in the evening before one returned to uni, and I wanted to make something simple and tasty, that wouldn’t involve me standing over the stove and excluded from the general conversation. Everyone had had long days of work or uni, and so we needed something tasty.

I have no idea where I got this initial recipe from, but I took the basis of it and threw in my own substitutions or alterations, and it seemed to go down well. I’ve got more into making sauces for pasta recently. It can be so cheap and easy to throw in a sauce that I had fallen into the trap of doing that, but it’s so inexpensive to make your own sauce, and it has an extra edge of tastiness.

For this recipe, which serves about 4, you will need:

4 cloves garlic, crushed
400g can chopped tomatoes
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
400-450g amori pasta (twirls)
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp crushed chillies
2 courgettes, diced
25g fresh basil leaves, torn

Heat half the oil in a small pan and cook the garlic and chilli over a low heat for about three minutes until soft but not browned. Add the canned tomatoes and seasoning and simmer gently for 15 mins, stirring occasionally until thickened.

Heat the remaining oil in a medium frying pan and add the courgettes and fresh tomatoes. Fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until golden.

Add the fresh vegetables to the tomato sauce, and add in the basil

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water, and then drain. Add the sauce and toss again, before serving.

This was simple, cheap and tasted really fresh, with a nice little kick from the chillies. I’ll definitely use it again!

What are your favourite pasta recipes?

Sophie x


  1. Sounds delicious Sophie and so easy to do. You could even add a little chicken.


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