Courgette / Zucchini Pasta With Chili, Garlic & Parmesan

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

My Mum took my sister and I out to lunch in London the other day and we had Italian for lunch. I don't recall the name of the restaurant but the dish I had was fantastic! It was called Giardiniera I think and contained all the below but also had deep fried spinach and paremsan balls with it. I've been unable to replicate the spinach balls (I tried a baked version as well but that didn't work either) so I'm just listing the pasta and topping for now and maybe eventually I'll be able to get the rest right.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pan of salted water, put the pasta on to boil.
  2. Grate the courgettes/zucchini, chop or mince the garlic, finely chop the chilli and grate the parmesan.
  3. Melt the teaspoon of butter in a large frying pan and add the garlic.
  4. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the chilli and courgette/zucchini.
  5. Leave to cook for 10-15mins stirring occasionally. NB. You want to cook everything but not really brown any of it off.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan.
  7. When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain well and stir through a tablespoon of olive oil if desired.
  8. Plate up the pasta and serve with the courgette/zucchini mixture on top.


Most Helpful

This was delicious. Easy, quick, and a great way to use the zucchini from my garden.

pestee43 July 14, 2016

I've never really been keen on courgette, but this recipe could change that. Lovely creamy flavoured spicy option for pasta... Excellent ! Thanks

Spablue November 12, 2014

I made this for dinner tonight, upping the quantities, and we really enjoyed it. One thing I did wrong was to not remove the zucchini mixture from the heat, so it clumped together when I stirred the parmesan through. The flavour was great though. I'll make it again soon, and post a rating.

Soobeeoz July 14, 2013

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