Penne with Courgette and Basil
This is an old family favourite which we have been making for years, its not expensive in fact if you can grow a courgette / zucchini plant in the garden its almost free. It is also delicious, quite light and is quick to cook so it makes a great summer pasta. When the english asparagus is in the shops I often add a bunch to this dish, just chop the asparagus and add it to the pasta water three minuets before the pasta is cooked.
For 4 to 5 people you will need:
How to make:
Set a large pot of SALTED water to a boil and drop in the pasta, cook according to package directions or a little less.
Meanwhile, wash and slice zucchini in strips, chop into cubes
Heat butter and olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir. Before garlic starts to brown, add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and starting to brown a little on the edges.
Season with salt and pepper.
Let cook on medium-low heat until pasta is done.
Just before mixing with the pasta, stir basil into the sauce and turn off the heat. Add a ladle full of the pasta cooking water, toss with pasta and parmesan cheese.
The pasta water makes the cooked zucchini form a creamy sauce which with the parmesan creates a wonderful coating without using cream.
Check seasoning and take to the table.
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