This fresh, lemony pasta tastes like summer in a bowl, even when it’s cold outside.
The grassy flavor of courgette meets the crisp bites of toasted pine nuts, all brought together by addictively slippery pappardelle ribbons.
TIP: Use a good-quality extra virgin olive oil to dress the pasta, as a quick way to add a light flavor.
- 7 oz dried pappardelle egg free
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic crushed
- 2 medium zucchini grated
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 2 unwaxed lemons
- Generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- Cook the pappardelle in a large saucepan of boiling water over a high-medium heat for 10 minutes until al dente, then drain.
- In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over low-medium heat. Add the onion to the pan, followed by the garlic. Add the zucchini to the pan and increase the heat to medium. Stir frequently to avoid burning and encourage even cooking, and cook for 4–5 minutes. Add the pine nuts and cook for a further minute.
- While the zucchini is cooking, slice the lemons in half. When the courgettes have softened, squeeze over the juice of each lemon through a sieve, then remove the pan from the heat and season with sea salt and black pepper.
- Toss the cooked, drained pappardelle into the courgette and coat evenly. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and scatter over basil leaves.
- Serve immediately.