Homegrown courgettes/zucchini are delicious & full of nutrients! My friends visited us over the weekend & arrived laden with homegrown vegetables; lettuce, spring onions, chives, a humongous courgette & it’s baby brother courgette:) They surely know how to get to my heart! Don’t you agree that homegrown vegetables are the best gift ever?!
Since I’m trying to watch what I’m eating & to reduce my carb intake after an indulgent Summer & a few too many pounds piled on, I thought Rosie@TheLondoner’s recipe the Slutty No-Carb Pasta would be perfect for the baby courgette!
Not only is this recipe easy to prepare, it’s another guilt-free meal which you can whip up in less than 30 mins. If you are anything like me & arrive home after work starving & can eat the kitchen tiles…cooking dinner for an hour is not on the top of my list, especially during a week-day! This recipe takes more or less 30 mins to prepare & cook…and 5 mins to devour!
Coodles (courgette noodles) in a spicy tomato sauce is an appetizing meal, very low in calories & full of nutrients. Coodles are perfect for vegetarians & satisfy carb-lovers, like me, without feeling deprived or cheated.
Please do let me know if you find the step-by-step photos useful…I am planning on sharing with you a weekly recipe which I try during the week…Your feedback will be much appreciated in order to know what you prefer or not:) Thanks guys!…Now back to the recipe….which you can find below in a printable version!
Brown & soften the onion & garlic; add the anchovies
Add the olives & capers
Combine well & add the ground chillies
Mix all the ingredients well & continue cooking for 1-2 mins
Pour into the pan the tomato sauce, tomato paste & brown sugar, season well with salt & pepper, stir well &
let it simmer on low heat for about 7 – 10 mins…& now to the courgette…
I used a Kenwood Robot to cut the courgette in short ribbons
Rosie@TheLondoner recommends a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler. Below you can find the links from where you can buy a spiralizer if you do not have one already!
Short ribbons of coodles
Use this attachment if you are using a Robot
Raw Coodles Ribbons
From Left to Right: Slowly add the coodles (raw) in the pan with the sauce & combine well!
Ready to serve!
I’m writing & licking my lips…it’s mouth watering (literally)….it’s so scrumptious & healthy!
Photo Collage – photos taken by Matt
My plate…empty within a couple of mins!
And now get cooking…Recipe below, which you can print & save!
Do you have a spiralizer or a peeler ? NO! Worry not…here’s from where you can buy one…
Click on the link to buy:
- - 2 medium or 1 large zucchini/courgettes
- - 1 medium onion
- - 3 garlic cloves
- - 3 pieces of anchovies
- - 2 TBs black olives - I used spicy ones
- - 1 Ts ground chili
- - 1 Pkt/400 Grms tomato sauce
- - 1 Ts tomato paste
- - 1.5 Ts brown sugar
- - Olive oil
- - Salt & Pepper to season
- - Parmesan (optional)
- Prepare all the ingredients; chop the onion roughly, crush the garlic & chop the olives
- Set the prepared ingredients aside
- Get a pan and cover in olive oil - heat on high heat
- Once it's sizzling, add the onion, garlic & the anchiovies (Photo 1)
- The anchiovies will disintegrate whilst the onion & garlic start to brown & soften
- At this point add the olives, capers & the ground chili (Photos 2 & 3)
- Combine all the ingredients together & stir well (Photo 4)
- Next, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, brown sugar & season with salt & pepper (Photo 5)
- Reduce the heat & let the mixture simmer nicely for about 7 -10 mins.
- Now it's time to cut the zucchini/courgette in ribbons by using a spiralizer, robot (Photo 6) or a peeler (Photos 7&8&9)
- Once the sauce is nice & thick; add slowly the coodles (raw) to the mixture (courgette noodles) (Photo 10)
- Combine the sauce & coodles (Photo Collage)
- Plate, garnish with parsley & serve (Photo 11)
- Add grated parmesan (optional)
- Suitable for vegetarians & celiacs
- Careful when seasoning with salt - the anchovies are salty so you might have to hold back on the salt - taste before seasoning!
- Add tuna chunks if you want more protein.