Quick courgette and cherry tomato pasta with feta

There seem to be days when time runs away from me, and suddenly it’s almost 6 o’clock and I have literally nothing – not even an idea – to show, dinner-wise. It’s days like these when I thank heaven for pasta, and knock up a quick vegetable sauce to go with it. Bam! On the table in 15 minutes…

Often, these last minute suppers aren’t really the sort of culinary masterpieces that I would share. The most basic version is pasta, pesto (from a jar) and some frozen peas. Add grated cheese if you’re feeling elaborate. But this courgette and cherry tomato pasta was really, really delicious, and super-simple to make – win-win! Hence, I share it here in all its glory.

Quick & easy, this delicious vegetarian dinner is ready in 15 minutes. Bursting with courgettes & tomatoes, & topped with tasty feta, its a fab family meal!

Kipper, upon learning that one of the ingredients was harissa, made a big fuss about how she didn’t like harissa and it was too spicy. This despite having already eaten half of it. She went on to clear her plate, but made sure to point out that she was only eating it because, “I don’t want it to go to waste, Mummy.” Yeah, right. That child has never eaten something she didn’t like in her life! She was also very encouraging about sharing the recipe on here – “Put the recipe on your blog Mummy!”

In actual fact, you can barely taste the harissa, but it does give a gentle sizzle of spice along with the garlic, and makes this courgette sauce so tasty. The feta cheese was a last minute addition, but its salty tang is the perfect foil to the buttery, sweet courgettes. Yum.

I grated the courgettes in the food processor, so this really was a super-fast meal. If you had to grate them by hand, I suppose it would take a bit longer. 

I’m glad to have this in my arsenal of quick dinner ideas. It beats pasta and pesto hands down!

Serves 3.

Quick & easy, this delicious vegetarian dinner is ready in 15 minutes. Bursting with courgettes & tomatoes, & topped with tasty feta, its a fab family meal!

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Quick courgette and cherry tomato pasta
Serves 3
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
382 calories
28 g
40 g
27 g
11 g
10 g
427 g
325 g
11 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
427g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382
Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
42%
Saturated Fat 10g
51%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 40mg
13%
Sodium 325mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 11g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
107%
Calcium
19%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 180-200g penne (or other short pasta)
  2. 3 large courgettes (approx 750g)
  3. 3 tbsp olive oil
  4. 25g butter
  5. 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  6. 0.25-0.5 tsp harissa
  7. 100g cherry tomatoes
  8. 75g feta cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Put the pasta to cook in a large pot of boiling water, as per the pack instructions. Meanwhile, make the sauce.
  2. Wash and trim the courgettes and grate using a food processor.
  3. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet or wok, and add the grated courgettes, crushed garlic and harissa. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes until softened.
  4. Halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the courgette mixture in the pan. Continue to cook for another minute, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and keep warm.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it well and mix with the courgette sauce.
  6. Serve at once, with crumbled feta sprinkled over.
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382
fat
27g
protein
11g
carbs
28g
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Quick & easy, this delicious vegetarian pasta dinner is ready in 15 minutes. Bursting with tender , buttery courgettes & cherry tomatoes, & topped with tasty feta, its a fab family meal!

13 Comments:

  1. Can’t beat pasta in a “Help! What’s for dinner?” emergency!

  2. This is a great go to dinner and I love anything with harissa in it!

  3. Simple and looks amazing! I love anything with feta 🙂

  4. This looks fab. It hadn’t occured to me to try harissa in a pasta before but I bet it’s delicious!

  5. That’s really good looking pasta and a great photo. Looks delish!

  6. I love this super fast and easy recipes – usually we don’t have plenty of time to spend in the kitchen. and this one is lovely!

  7. shockinglydelicious

    I think this is EXACTLY the type of recipe you should be proud to put on the blog! Most of us are looking for delicious relatively easy, fast meals that make us look good. This one is a great example of that. Well done!

  8. nadiashealthykitchen

    I find myself in that situation way too often where the day flies by and I have no idea what I’m making for dinner 😛 Pasta really is such a convenient ingredient to have in the pantry for such occasions!

    • Isn’t it?! I often wonder what my grandparents must have done in those circumstances – I don’t think pasta had reached the UK back then! Maybe they were just more organised 🙂

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