You say spaghetti, I say courgetti

Summer seems to have bunked off early this year. Autumn has arrived ahead of schedule. Fortunately, the allotment courgettes don’t seem to have noticed and are as prolific as ever. Which means only one thing: we’re all sick off ratatouille.

Having resisted the whole spiralising thing until now, I decided to give it a whirl this week with courgetti pesto. (I don’t actually own a spiraliser so I used a grater. Yes, it was a slight pain in the arse.)

You could buy the pesto of course. But it’s dead easy to make your own – and contains none of the random added crap found in many commercial pestos (Dear Tesco, I’m sure bamboo fibre was never in Nonna’s original recipe.) Basil is also very easy to grow yourself – this year I’ve been growing it in the polytunnel and it’s three times the size of the stuff in shops.

I couldn’t believe how well this courgetti pesto went down with my carb loving kids and the Italian Unhusband.   I’ll definitely be making this again. Unless of course there’s a frost in September.

Courgetti pesto (serves 4)


60g basil, leaves only

60ml olive oil

40g pine nuts

30g parmessan

2 cloves of garlic

Squeeze of lemon juice


You’ll also need around 4 courgettes for spiralising


Bung all the pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth.  You could use a pestle and mortar for that authentic touch, but you’ve probably got better things to do.

Spiralise (or grate) the courgettes. If they’re very watery, then strain the liquid off through a sieve.

Heat a frying pan with a little oil until hot, then add the courgetti and fry vigorously for a couple of minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the pesto. And that’s it.

And check out the handy little container, kindly sent to me by Pyrex. It’s not often I get excited about kitchen equipment, but why did no-one think of this before? A glass dish with a plastic clip-on lid, so you can cook, store, and reheat all in the same container. Almost as useful as a stash of courgette recipes.  Anyone got any more?



About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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