Pasta with courgettes, bottarga and lemon zest
- September 2015
- Serves 4
- Hands-on time 30 min
An elegant but easy spaghetti dish made with a creamy courgette, lemon and bottarga sauce. Ready in only 30 minutes, this pasta recipe is a surefire way to impress dinner party guests.
Want something even quicker? Our 20-minute summer spaghetti is another one of our favourites.
- Vegetarian recipes
- 18.8g (6.7g saturated)
- 77g (6.4g sugars)
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 650g (about 3 large) courgettes, sliced 2-3mm thick lengthways
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 400g spaghetti
- 1 large red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
- Finely grated zest 2 lemons
- Small bunch fresh basil or mint, coarsely chopped, plus extra leaves to garnish (optional)
- 50g bottarga (see food team’s tip) freshly grated, plus extra for topping; if you can’t find bottarga, use fresh ricotta instead
- Bring a large pan of salted water to a rapid boil. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgettes on a medium-high heat until lightly browned and soft (15-20 minutes), adding the garlic for the last 5 minutes. Season well.
- When the courgettes are halfway through cooking, add the spaghetti to the boiling water, stir well to prevent any strands from sticking together, then boil until cooked with a little bite.
- Meanwhile, add the chilli (if using), lemon zest, herbs, bottarga and salt and pepper to the cooked courgettes – off the heat – and mix well. The bottarga will melt and become quite creamy. Add a dash of the pasta water to loosen and mix the ingredients well. When the pasta is ready, drain, reserving a cup of the cooking liquid, and tip the pasta back into the pan off the heat.
- Add the courgette sauce to the pasta, mix well and add some of the water to loosen the sauce and prevent it becoming claggy. Taste and add seasoning, if needed, then serve straightaway with a little extra bottarga grated on top and fresh herbs, if you like.
Bottarga is available online from The Fish Society and Amazon, and from good Italian delicatessens.
Once you’ve divided the pasta among the plates, check the first ones have as much sauce as the last – they usually don’t!
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