What is courgetti and what can we do with it?
Courgetti AKA ‘Zoodles’ are simply courgettes shredded in to fine spaghetti-like strands, You’ll most definitely find these hanging out on the supermarket shelves nowadays with their other shredded cousins, carrot, sweet potatos and butternut squash. Vegetable spiralising machines have been flying off the shelves and in to our homes offering you a chance to make this funky and healthy spaghetti yourselves. I got mine as a present last Christmas and if you can get past the whole cleaning process then I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you cant get past the cleaning progress then please just continue with the supermarket versions. Job done.
Now we know what Courgetti actually is…how do we use it?
Recipe wise, simply treat is as you would spaghetti or noodles. Cooking wise, you’ll need to adapt it slightly. Courgettes are actually 95% water! This means they literally need 1-2 minutes in the pan and their done. I minute longer and the water content will begin to seep from the vegetable and you’ll be left with a water mush. This recipe is delicious and celebrates all the wonderful colours and flavours of fresh, seasonal vegetables.
Courgetti 200g (aprox 1 Courgette spiralized)
Vine Tomatoes 800g
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large Red Onion
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
¼ Cup Fresh Basil Leaves
Heat your oven to 180-degrees/gas-mark 4.
Slice the tomatoes so they around 1 cm thick and lay them on a baking tray. Finely slice red onion and scatter over the tomatoes. Drizzle over olive oil, balsamic vinegar and crushed garlic making sure all ingredients have coated the tomatoes; Season well with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes turning half way through. Spoon the mixture into a food processor and all the fresh basil. Blitz until all ingredients have been broken down into a sauce. This sauce is versatile and can be used as a vegetarian option or as a base for a meat sauce.
In a hot frying pan add 1-2 ladles of your delicious homemade tomato sauce. Once the sauce begins to bubble add the courgetti. Toss the courgetti around in the pan and coat it in the tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper and fry on a high heat for a further 1½ minutes.
Simply serve as it is or add grated cheddar cheese on top for the ultimate pasta dupe.