Monday, 28 October 2013

Are You Courgetteing Me? A Simple Supper

Midweek I like to cook quick, healthy suppers. Whilst cooking last week I thought why not start a series on  'Simple Suppers'. Recipes that use minimal ingredients but are still delicious and flavoursome. The recipes will hopefully be easy to follow and ones that any one can do. 

My first recipe I want to share is Courgette and Pancetta Spaghetti. 

When ever I eat pasta my stomach disagrees and swells, leaving me in pain and bloated. Not ideal at all.  I was reading a cook book by Gizzi Erskine and came across Spelt Spaghetti. Spelt is an ancient grain which has a very good flavour. It is high in fibre, has a higher content of protein and vitamins than wheat and although not gluten free, Spelt can be tolerated by some people with wheat allergies. So all in all an ideal alternative to the usual wheat pasta. Also as it is high in protein you need less as it fills you up quicker and for longer. 

Ingredients (for 2 very hungry / 3 not so hungry people)

  • a handful of spelt spaghetti (roughly the thickness of a £2 coin)
  • a small tub of half fat creme friache
  • 1 courgette (chop in half, finely slice one half, thickly grate the other) 
  • pack pancetta cubes
  • zest and juice of half a lemon
  • a good grating of Parmesan


  • Put a pan of salted water on to boil and then add the spaghetti.

  • Fry up the pancetta, courgette separately and then combine in the pan.

  • Once the pasta is cooked (should take about 7-8 mins) drain and stir in the creme fraiche, lemon zest, juice (to taste), courgette and pancetta mix and toss to combine. 
  • At the very last minute add the grated courgette and parmesan and season to taste.
  • Serve on to plates and enjoy.

Let me know if you make this and how you got on.


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