Sunday, 26 July 2020

Courgette Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

It's been a bit of an unusual week.

The first part of the week I was really unwell.  I don't know what the cause was, but i was suddenly struck with feeling of being nauseas. I can only pinpoint it to going out to the supermarket for the first time and being surrounded by so many people in a way that i have not been accustomed to the past four months, so perhaps I may have picked something.  I could not remains off work for the rest of the week though, as I had a number of deadlines, priorities to meet and that may have also impacted on my stress levels. So who knows, what it was.  I am feeling much better, but still tender and as always thankful for restful weekend for a sleep in and recharging.
Again, i had planned to spend some of the time in the vegetable garden plot, but I am not kidding you - the weekends seem to bring rain. 

We have small patch in the vegetable plot where we sowed some wild flower seeds.  Poppies are coming up, but they're fragility to the elements mean they don't last long and the delicate red tissue papery petals crumple.
Food at home this week has been light and simple all this week, because of my sensitive belly. 
The natural flavours from the vegetables and  fresh herbs came through in this Courgette and Tomato Pasta.  I also liked that the courgettes retained a bit of crunch.  Even though I was enjoying this colourful plate, I was struggling to eat everything on the plate, so the remainder was decanted into a tub and put in the fridge, either for later in the evening if I got hungry again or for the following day for lunch. 

So how has your week been?! And what have you been eating for lunch?
I am sharing this Courgette Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce  with Soup, Salad and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen

Courgette Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Serves 2 - 3
Ingredients2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium courgettes, diced small
3 - 4 cloves garlic, crushed
12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
2 tablespoons basil, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
4 medium courgettes, halved then sliced lengthways
Bring a large pot of water to the boil, Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. In the last 3 minutes, add in the sliced courgettes, bring to a boil. then drain well and set aside.
Heat the oil in a side pan, over medium heat.  
Add the diced courgette and coo k until browned. 
Then stir in the garlic and cook for a minute.  
Stir in the tomatoes and herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
Carefully toss the cooked pasta and courgette slices, stir gently to combine.
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve. 
Adapted from A Well-Seasoned Appetite: Recipes from an American Kitchen by Molly O'Neill..


  1. First off, I hope you are feeling better now. These days its scary when anything seems off.
    Love the poppy flowers and I wanted to bring some home from England when I had to come back. This is years ago, you weren't supposed to bring seeds or anything agricultural back to the US. They are so pretty.

    Nice salad, looks like a one good for my hot summer days.

    1. Thank you so much Tina. Yes, much better - but i have decided to take another week of annual leave from work.

  2. I am sure your poppies bring a moment of happiness as well as a splash of colour - the salad sounds nice - I have had a pretty crazy week or two and am finally getting a break this weekend which is lovely! Not good to hear you have been unwell and it is even worse that you haven't been able to rest from work - perhaps the rain is a good thing to make you just rest this weekend - take care!

  3. Thank you so much Johanna. I am taking off another week and hopefully, i will be able to switch off. And yeah, the rain does mean more time indoors so sometimes restful, sometimes house chores :)

  4. Hope you are feeling better. Your pasta salad looks so fresh and tasty, thank you for sharing it with Souper Sundays. Since I had some challenges with posting last week, it is in today's round up.


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