Courgette and Pancetta Summer Pasta

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It is far too hot to cook at the moment. Even I have been finding it very hard to motivate myself. I have been seeking out really simple recipes that don’t require too long in the kitchen as weather like this should be enjoyed to its best extent, in a beer garden. Pasta is always the best simple dinner option, perfect for soaking up any inadvertent after-work drinks.

Courgette Carbonara

This dish is a sort of twist on a carbonara. It is a great lighter alternative, perfect for anyone working on a bikini body as I have avoided the cream element. A much more interesting alternative to pasta and pesto but still really quick to make and requires very few ingredients. Hope you enjoy it, I am off back outside to frolic in the sunshine!

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Courgette Almost Carbonara (Serves two)

  • One green and one yellow (if you can find it) courgette
  • One packet of cubed pancetta
  • Two egg yolks
  • 50g of grated parmesan
  • 250g of pasta
  • a bunch of basil leaves


How to make it..

  • Boil the kettle and get the past on the go. Meanwhile slice the courgette in pieces the same size and shaper as the pasta you have, I think penne is the best but use whatever you have got.
  • In another pan, fry the pancetta until almost crisp then add the courgette pieces, fry them in two god if you have a lot. Leave to one side.
  • Separate the eggs and put the yolks into the serving bowl along with most of the grated cheese and some salt and pepper.
  • Once the pasta is ready, drain it, leaving a couple of spoonfuls of starchy pasta water to add to the sauce.
  • In a large bowl combine the pasta, courgette and pancetta with the egg and add some pasta water until the sauce is the correct consistency.
  • Tear over the basil leaves, add the final bit of grated parmesan and serve immediately.

Cost Rating ** I used: 2 courgettes costing 30p, 1 pack of pancetta costing £1, 1/3 of a box of eggs costing £1.25, 1/3 of a pack of parmesan costing £2.60, 1/2 a bag oaf pasta costing 95p, 1/2 a pack of basil costing 80p. Total cost: £3.75, this is £1.88 per head.

Washing up rating ** I used: A knife, a chopping board, a frying pan, a pan, a wooden spoon, a serving bowl, bowls and cutlery to eat with.