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LemonChilli Pasta with courgette…..


This is the simplest pasta that I fixed for lunch today… Super quick & the best part about it is that you can have it hot or cold.. the way you want it… that’s because there is no sauce as such.. I was bored or preparing white/tomato sauce for the pasta… So just a wee bit extra olive oil than usual infused with garlic, red chilli & lemon juice makes this pasta so refreshing & yummy..  parsley adds its lovely freshness to this pasta.. To summarise I should say my tummy was happy… that’s what we care about when we eat a meal.. don’t we??

LemonChilli Pasta with courgette...

K carried this for his lunchbox.. I’m sure he will love it.. If you don’t have courgette try replacing it with some peppers cut in the similar way… I would suggest red/yellow not green..

This is a perfect meal to fix on those days when you for sure don’t have to cook your usual meal at home & want to pass on picking a take away… This is for those who like an extra lemony zing in their food..

LemonChilli Pasta with courgette...

Ingredients: (Serves 2)      Preparation Time: 10 mins
Pasta – 75 gms, I prefer Fusilli for this recipe,
Courgette – 1 medium-sized, cut into thin finger-shaped pieces, length same as that of the fusilli

Finger-shaped cut courgette...
Garlic – 2 large cloves, chopped finely
Dried Red Chilli – 2, medium-hot variety, deseeded & finely chopped, I used extra hot. 🙂
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp, freshly squeezed
Parsley – 1 tsbp, finely chopped
Olive Oil – 1.5 tbsp or more, based on your taste
Salt to taste

Method:
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a tsp of oil & salt to the water. Throw in the pasta when the water begins to bubble & cook it as per the packet instructions.

Meanwhile when the pasta is cooking, place a deep bottom fry pan to heat up. When hot, add the olive oil. Make sure heat is set to low. When the oil is hot, add the finely chopped garlic & the finely chopped red chilli. Sauté the garlic till it begins to change in colour. Squeeze/add in the lemon juice. Mix well. Now throw in the courgette fingers, add some salt to taste & toss them around till they loosen up.

Saute the courgette till it loosens up...

Remember all this time the heat should be set to low.

The pasta should be ready, drain away the water & add the cooked pasta. Mix them up well so that the olive oil coats up the pasta.

LemonChilli Pasta with courgette...

Garnishing:
With the chopped parsley & add some freshly ground mixed Italian herbs if you wish to. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil if the pasta seems dry.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve hot or cold, anyway you like… 🙂

LemonChilli Pasta with courgette....

If you like this recipe, then you may also like – Frankfurters & pasta tossed in a hot creamy capsicum sauce!Watercress flavoured Penne Pasta with PeasFried Halloumi Pasta SaladPasta infused in tomato and mozzarella.., etc.

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