So, unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week (in which case, you would probably be dead), you may have noticed it’s been snowing a bit. Okay, so it’s been snowing a lot, but I still don’t think it warranted the levels of hysteria that perhaps the apocalypse would have caused. Yes, I’m aware the ‘Beast from the East’ has been wafting Baltic conditions over our little island, but can we all just put on a jumper and shut up about it? Also, if I see one more Instagram of someone’s snowy back garden, I’m going to throw my phone on the floor and stamp on it.
Anyway, now that the snow has melted, we can all get on with our lives. For me, that was walking to work this morning and passing a handmade sign that read ‘please stop shitting outside our home’… Normality has officially been resumed.
Anyhoo, I love this pasta dish, it’s actually one of the first recipes I ever blogged about, but over the years it has evolved and simplified, so I thought I’d share the updated recipe with you. It’s super-easy, cheap, and takes no time at all. Bon appetit.
Courgette penne with feta & mint
Serves 2 / Takes 20-25 mins / V
Spray oil or tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 courgettes, grated
Pinch of chilli flakes
Handful of fresh mint
2 handfuls of black olives
100g vegetarain feta
150g wholemeal penne
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil to serve
1. Start by boiling a kettle of water and weighing out your pasta. Pop the pasta into a saucepan and season well with salt (don’t cook your pasta just yet).
2. Peel and finely chop the garlic and grate both of your courgettes. On a medium heat in a large cooking pot or frying pan, add the garlic to a couple of pumps of spray oil (or teaspoon of regular cooking oil). Cook the garlic for a minute before adding the courgette. Stir well, up the heat, add a pinch of chilli flakes and season well with salt and pepper. Continue to cook stirring occasionally.
3. Add the boiled water from the kettle to the pasta and cook according to packet instructions. Now is a good time to roughly chop the mint leaves, black olives and crumble the feta, put to one side.
4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain well and add straight into the courgette mixture. Give it a good stir until combined. Incorporate the black olives, fresh mint, and feta before dividing into 2 bowls. Top with a sprinkle of chilli flakes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Lovely jubbly.
If you’ve had a go at making my courgette penne or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org