So this ‘pasta with two veg’ thing is actually becoming a thing – it started with my kale and mushroom pasta (which I’m still loving every week), and now I’ve got this absolutely delicious tomato and courgette pasta to add to my growing repertoire.
This one is absolutely divine – the tomatoes really come alive with the help of the garlic, and the courgette gives the dish some amazing texture. It’s super quick and easy to make, and just like my kale and mushroom dish, it came about from me coming home to find nothing but a handful of cherry tomatoes and an old courgette in the fridge!
What you’ll need:
– 300g pomodoro tomatoes (use cherry or vine if you prefer but I always go for Waitrose’s Pomo Dei Moro tomatoes, they’re definitely the best for this recipe)
– 1 courgette (zucchini)
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 2 cups of wholewheat pasta
– mixed herbs
– chilli flakes
– olive oil
– chilli oil
What to do:
1. Add two cups of wholewheat pasta to a pot of boiling water and allow to boil on a medium heat for 12-14 minutes.
2. Prep your veg – slice your baby tomatoes in half, and very finely chop your 2 cloves of garlic. Prep the courgette by removing the top and tail, and very finely slicing it into thin circles.
2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan on a medium heat. Add the finely chopped garlic and allow to simmer for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes, and allow to cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often.
4. Add a dollop of boiling water to the cherry tomatoes before adding in the thinly sliced courgette. Cook on a low/medium heat for another 5-7 minutes, making sure you stir often. If the tomatoes start to stick, keep adding small amounts of water to the pan to maintain a creamy/pasty texture.
5. When the pasta is cooked, drain and stir into the tomato/courgette.
6. Add a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of cracked pepper, some mixed herbs and some dried chilli flakes.
7. Then top with a splash of chilli oil, some of your favourite grated cheese, and a couple of fresh basil leaves if you’ve got any lying around.
I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do 🙂 If any of you have any other ‘two veg’ pasta dishes you recommend, or any ideas for two veg pastas you want me to experiment with, just leave a comment below!