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.
- 2 medium courgettes (zucchini)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 red chilies (1 if you prefer it less hot)
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 150 g penne pasta
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- In a large pan of salted water, put the pasta on to boil.
- Grate the courgettes/zucchini, chop or mince the garlic, finely chop the chilli and grate the parmesan.
- Melt the teaspoon of butter in a large frying pan and add the garlic.
- Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the chilli and courgette/zucchini.
- Leave to cook for 10-15mins stirring occasionally. NB. You want to cook everything but not really brown any of it off.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan.
- When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain well and stir through a tablespoon of olive oil if desired.
- Plate up the pasta and serve with the courgette/zucchini mixture on top.
I've never really been keen on courgette, but this recipe could change that. Lovely creamy flavoured spicy option for pasta... Excellent ! Thanks
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.
Brilliant thank you i love this dish in carluccios and have been given some home grown courgettes so wanted to recreat it at home!