Category Archives: courgettes

Courgette and Mint Linguine with Pecorino

The addition of mint to this dish brings a wonderful freshness to the courgettes and as it takes less than 15mins it a great quick dinner straight from the veg patch, I like to use Pecorino but a aged Manchego is another great sheeps cheese that works well you could use Parmesan if you have that handy

Quantities given are just guidelines as its a recipe which every family will adapt to suit there tastes  add more/less garlic/oil/cheese/mint according to taste.

2 large courgettes
1-2 garlic cloves
100-200ml extra virgin olive oil
500g  Linguine
100g pecorino or a good Manchego ,grated
Salt and black pepper
A good  sprig of fresh mint, leaves torn into little bits


Wash and slice the courgettes into 2-3mm thick rounds. Peel the garlic. For a milder flavour, crush it with the back of a knife so it splits, but remains whole. For a stronger flavour, slice. Bring a large pan of water to the boil in preparation for the spaghetti.


Fry the garlic gently in the olive oil over a medium heat until fragrant, then use a slotted spoon to scoop it out – it will burn otherwise and turn bitter.



Working in batches, fry the courgette discs on both sides until they have become lightly blistered and golden, then use a slotted spoon to lift them on to kitchen towel to blot. Sprinkle lightly with salt and keep the remaining oil in the pan.


Once the water is boiling, add salt, then the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Either drain the spaghetti – keeping some cooking water – or use tongs to lift it directly into the frying pan and toss in the leftover courgette oil it will sizzle




Tip the glistening spaghetti into a warm dish or bowl






add half the cheese, a grind of black pepper and most of the ripped mint and toss.




Arrange the courgettes on top and finish with the rest of the cheese and mint. like lots of wonderfully tasty Italian food this is not the most elegant food but it is fantastically full of flavour




How to sow Courgette and Squash

This film covers when to sow Cougette,which are also called Zucchini  Squash and Pumpkins and why sowing to early leads to weaker less productive plants.
These are the varieties that over the years I have found have the best taste and store well

Courgette Rugosa Friulana

Courgette Tondo di Piacenza Emilia Romagna  Round courgette can be stuffed and baked

Winter squash

Sweet Dumpling   small can be baked whole has taste similar to sweet potato

Blue kuri and Red Kuri Small medium stores well nice nutty taste

Marina di Chioggia  Medium to large

Musquee de Provence  Large stores well

Once there ready to plant out a great space saving way is

Courgettes on your compost heap or they are fantastic in

No Dig Bale Bed




Squash, Pumpkins, Courgettes and their germination

The fail-safe way to start off Squash, Pumpkins, Courgettes and Cucumbers and the best tastiest varieties for both summer eating and winter storage, from the small Sweet Dumpling as big as your hand to the large Musquee de Provence, the Potimarron Rouge Tres Hatif d’Etampes with its divine chestnut flavour all are better than the ubiquitous butternut!

I recommend you try Summer Crookneck much more flavor than the average Courgette.

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