Italian Courgette pasta  with a chilli and parmesan sauce

Penne with Mashed Courgettes Parmesan & Basil Recipe

20 Minutes
Serves: 2
A soft al dente Italian courgette pasta with penne pasta coated in a spiced courgette mash flavoured with chilli, garlic, parmesan and basil.

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 courgette
  • 4 sprig fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 25 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 150 grams penne pasta
  • salt (to taste)

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • add a spot of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the boiling water
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 2

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • wash trim the courgette
  • slice the courgettes
  • lightly boil the courgettes till soft

Step 3

  • drain the courgettes
  • mash the courgettes
  • add the oil
  • wash and tear the basil leaves
  • add to the pan

Step 4

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • Add the chilli flakes to the pan
  • grate the parmesan
  • Add 2/3 of the cheese to the pan
  • set a side

Step 5

  • drain the pasta
  • rinse the pasta in cold water
  • add the courgette mixture to the pasta

Step 6

  • return to the heat and gently warm through
  • season with salt and pepper
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins
  • place the pasta on a serving plate
  • sprinkle with cheese

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 medium pan
  • 1 potato masher
  • 1 sieve

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How to make Italian courgette pasta

A sumptuous penne pasta cooked till al dente, combined with a courgette mash, flavoured with chilli and basil, with a delicious creaminess added by the grated parmesan. 

This simple to cook pasta dish makes the perfect quick and easy evening meal 

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