Pasta with courgette sauce and spinach balls

Pasta with Courgette Sauce & Spinach Balls Recipe

30 Minutes
Serves: 2

Pasta coated in a courgette, garlic and chilli sauce, served with Carluccio's spinach and parmesan balls flavoured with garlic and nutmeg. 

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 25 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 slices brown bread
  • 250 grams Spinach
  • 1 sunflower oil (for frying)


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 courgette
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 150 grams penne pasta
  • salt (to taste)


  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • wash the spinach
  • remove the stalks
  • wilt the spinach in a pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 2

  • remove from the heat
  • squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach
  • chop the spinach finely
  • add to the bowl
  • add the spices

Step 3

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the bowl

Step 4

  • using a food processor blend the bread into fresh breadcrumbs

Step 5

  • grate the parmesan onto the breadcrumb plate and mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan together with salt and pepper
  • add to the spinach mixture
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 6

  • add the egg(s) to a bowl
  • beat the egg
  • add the egg to the spinach and stir
  • the mixture should be a binding consistency
  • if the mixture is to wet add additional breadcrumbs

Step 7

  • set the oven to 220C 425F or gas mark 7

Step 8

  • roll the mixture into walnut sized balls
  • heat about 2 cms of frying oil in a frying pan
  • shallow fry till golden brown
  • place on kitchen paper
  • keep warm

Step 9

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • add a spot of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the boiling water

Step 10

  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 11

  • while the pasta is cooking

Step 12

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 13

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan

Step 14

  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the frying pan

Step 15

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add the garlic to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 16

  • wash trim and grate the courgette
  • add to the frying pan

Step 17

  • finely grate the parmesan
  • add to the frying pan

Step 18

  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 19

  • reserve a few tbsps of cooking liquid from the pasta
  • drain the pasta
  • add to the courgette mixture

Step 20

  • add the reserved pasta liquid

Step 21

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • with the garlic bread

Step 22

  • serve hot with the spinach balls

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 bowl
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 food processor
  • 2 Garlic crusher
  • 2 grater
  • 1 jug
  • 1 kitchen paper
  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 large knife
  • 2 large pan
  • 2 non stick frying pan
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 small bowl

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