Joel’s courgette pasta bake

August 14, 2010 at 6:40 am 12 comments

Tired of courgettes yet?  I’m happy to say I’m not having managed to keep them to a reasonable size this year.  No monster marrows here thank you.  Last year, before our round courgettes ballooned to the size of footballs, I challenged my friend Joel to turn this one into something tasty.  Joel loves being inventive in the kitchen so you’ll never see a cookbook on his counter.  Definitely ticks the ‘tasty’ box don’t you think?

Ingredients:  pasta, courgette, onion, garlic, broad beans, tinned tomatoes, stock, paprika, basil, cheese, bacon (optional for veggie version)

to make Joel’s courgette pasta bake

  • fry up two cloves of garlic and one onion. Chop your courgette roughly into cubes and add to the wok with the onion and garlic. In the meantime steam a handful of broad beans for approximately three minutes until they had softened.
  • Cut two rashers of smoked back bacon into small pieces and add them to the courgette mix.  While the bacon turns pale pink boil some pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Once the bacon’s cooked add a tin of tomatoes, 300ml of organic tomato and herb stock, paprika, pepper and basil.  Then stir in the broad beans and the cooked pasta.
  • Finally top with grated mature cheddar cheese and put it in the oven at 160°c for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

When Joel’s not cooking, doing his hair or being a dad he’s a performance poet. Here he is performing his poem ‘You had me at monosodium‘ about his in struggle to stop popping a well known salty snack.

Entry filed under: in the kitchen.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kirsten  |  August 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Looks amazing! (the dish and Joel!)

  • 2. Jacqueline  |  August 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Looks very good indeed 🙂

  • 3. nina - tabiboo  |  August 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Very tasty indeed – we haven’t grown courgette’s this year, well I’m the only one in the family that eats them really, but this dish does look very tasty.

    Nina xx

  • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  August 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Kirsten – I didn’t get to sample it but having tried some of Joel’s other made-up-on-the-spot creations I’d have to agree

    Jac – it got a big thumbs up from his kids which is always a good acid test

    Nina – Homegrown courgettes are a world apart from bitter, tougher shop bought ones – I reckon more people would enjoy courgettes if they had the chance to eat them straight from the plant.

  • 5. Peggy  |  August 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Nic, that dish looks great and another courgette recipe is always good! BBq courgettes will be tried and tested!
    The plot BBQ had a tasty menu, varied and inviting looking. Any ideas on the quiche ingredients, I love making these, usually making 2 at a time, one to eat hot and one for the next day cold with salad.

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  August 17, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Hi Peggy, bbq courgettes are definitely worth a go. Gotta love food you can pick up with your fingers ;o)
    Nuch made the quiche, her first attempt at a veggie one. It was packed full with scrummy veg she’d lightly cooked beforehand: onion, courgette, pepper, globe artichoke hearts, black olives, sungblush tomatoes and cheese.

  • 7. Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers  |  August 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Oh that looks great and I still have an abundance of courgette to use up. I will be making this…and soon.

  • 8. Fiona Mayhem  |  December 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Ooh, looks good. I would add summer savoury ( hard to find in the shops, but easy enough to grow.

  • 9. nic@nipitinthebud  |  December 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I’ve not tried it myself (or ever seen it in recipes). I do love how a single dish can be served in so many different ways just by changing the herbs you flavour it with.

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    • 11. Nip it in the bud  |  July 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Hello Bren, I was a little taken aback when I misread your comment as ”my least favourite thing to do with courgettes”! So glad you like the recipe. I can’t reply back on your thread as I’m not a member of the group so fingers crossed this reply reaches you. Happy growing (and cooking!)

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    […] Evening, sorry to read about your plot Jeanie I do think you should drop the council a note letting them know about the damage that been done. Dotty we're down to just one courgette in the fridge and thats after eating them with nearly every meal can't remember if I've posted this link but it my latest favourite thing to do with courgettes :- Joel’s courgette pasta bake | Nip it in the bud […]


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