Saturday, 15 October 2011

260: Courgette Linguine, nearly a Silver Spoon recipe

I'm a dreadful skim reader. Or conversely, I'm a really good skim reader; I'm really fast.... but sometimes there's a downside in terms on accuracy. And here's an example of one, where I set out to faithfully follow a recipe but ended up doing something entirely different. Sufficiently nice though that I'll probably cook it again, like this in any case.

I was having a flick through Silver Spoon, and I saw 'Courgette Spaghetti'; had a quick read of the ingredients - skipping past the celeery - and thought would be a fine fit to the stuff I'd got.

Ingredients (celery, and tinned instead of plum tomatoes apart, faithful to Silver Spoon):
  • 1 tin of tinned tomatoes, roughly chopped, plus a 1/2 a tin of water, rinsed round the tin
  • 1 big onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 3 medium courgettes, sliced 1cm across
  • 250gs Linguine
  • 125gs mozzarella, cut in to 1cm cubes
  • 50gs Parmesan, grated
  • 8 small sage leaves, chopped
Method (where I pretty much wnet my own way):
  • Using a big, big pan slowly fry the onion, adding the garlic
  • Add the tomatoes & sage and bring to a robust simmer
  • Add the courgettes, cover and continue to bubble for 15-20 minutes or so until the courgettes feel cooked. Test and salt and pepper as you like it
  • Meanwhile cook the linguine, drain
  • Add the linguine to the tomatoes and stir through (which is the reason for using a big pan),
  • Add the mozarella and stir a bit more - leaving some strings and some lumpy bits
  • Serve sprinkling parmesan on top
Dead tasty, quick, really easy.

The proper recipe included plum tomatoes & celeery and the onion & sage are are cooked and then removed. Just being used for flavour... but I'd skimmed that bit and already chopped them, so taking them back out wasn't going to happen.


  1. I have half a packet of mozzarella loitering in the fridge. I might try something like this on Monday. It looks good. I can't get on with my copy of Silver Spoon, I look at it and then can never find anything I want to cook.

  2. Not crazy on tomato sauces but this does look very good and I have a bucket load of courgettes to eat!

  3. Kath, I know what you mean about Silver Spoon; it's a tricky read I do like a picture of the end result; which is pretty tight with. If I say it's a tricky read, it gives me a good excuse for such a poor attempt at following a recipe.

    Dom, not like tomato-saucy recipes? Strange fellow! This one is pretty cheesy, or at least it was when I made it.

  4. Ah I see what you mean; they are quite similar! It does look gorgeous though :)

    I've never browsed any Silver Spoon recipes before... on to their website now, thanks!


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