Spaghetti with Courgettes, Chilli, Garlic and Lemon

I will take any excuse to eat pasta for dinner every night of the week. When I was on holiday in Sardinia we ate pasta every single night! I think pasta is amazing and it’s extremely versatile as you can combine so many different amazing flavours into one dish. This pasta dish is a firm favourite of mine and my family. We love eating it in the spring or summer because it’s super fresh, incredibly quick to make and tastes delicious! In 3 easy steps, you’ll have a flavourful pasta dish on your table in under 15 minutes!



400g spaghetti (you can use whatever pasta you like, penne works really well too)

2 large courgettes, chopped

1 red chilli, finely chopped

2-3 large cloves of garlic, finely minced

Zest of 1 large unwaxed lemon

65g unsalted butter

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Put your pasta onto boil and cook according to the packet instructions – I like my pasta served al dente.

2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil into a large frying pan, sauté the chopped courgette for 5 minutes on medium heat, then turn up the heat and cook for a further 3-4 more minutes. Now add the garlic, chilli and lemon and cook for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Finish by adding the butter and cook until all the butter has melted. Season and then toss in the cooked and drained pasta.

3. Mix the pasta through the sauce, then mix through a generous amount of Parmesan. Serve in pasta bowls and finish with an extra grating of Parmesan. you can never have enough in my opinion!



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55 thoughts on “Spaghetti with Courgettes, Chilli, Garlic and Lemon

  1. Dinner in under 15 minutes?? Yes yes. Especially now that the weather is finally getting nicer again… I don’t want to be stuck inside!

  2. Pasta-making is definitely a set-aside-a-day-for-it project for me! Which is why I haven’t done it in so long. One of the best ideas my favorite group of girlfriends and I had, though, was having a homemade ravioli party. So fun.

    This looks lovely!

  3. That ravioli looks mighty impressive, Jessica! I have a pasta machine that’s been ready and waiting in its box for literally years (it was from good old Woolworths!) but it hasn’t seen the light of day yet … yet! I’ll get there!
    In the meantime, the simple courgette and lemon pasta sounds amazing. I’ll definitely have to remember that one!

  4. I could definitely eat pasta every night of the week… this, my friend… it looks fabulous. There is no doubt in my mind that I could eat this every night of the week. What a perfect light summer meal! I LOVE this. Wonderful post! <3

  5. I’m totally like you, Jess…I could eat pasta every.single.night and be perfectly happy! Pinning this so I can try it out sometime soon! 🙂

  6. Delicious, Jess, that pasta is perfect for a weeknight meal. I love pasta! I’ll just have to save the ravs for a weekend as you say it is so time-consuming. The end product looks lovely, though!

    • Jess, I like everything you make. It’s ridiculous how good everything looks, from your desserts to your savory dishes — they all look like they come out of a magazine. Actually, better, in many cases.

  7. This is a fantastic spring pasta, Jess! A simple preparation paired with delicious ingredients and dinner is on the table. I’m loving pasta lately without a heavy sauce and this one would be perfect. Thanks for sharing it at Fiesta Friday! [And that ravioli? Yum!]

  8. I LOVE pasta for dinner! So wish I was having this delish-looking spaghetti tonight! Looks amazing, Jessica!

  9. I made this tonight for dinner for myself and my husband. It was fresh, quick and absolutely delicious. I added a few prawns and served it with garlic bread and a fresh tomato salad, drizzled with some olive oil and topped with fresh chives and black olives. Yum!

  10. This looks incredible Jessica! Looks so light and perfect for a weeknight meal since it’s so quick to put together. I would totally eat pasta every night if I could still fit into my skinny jeans hehe. Your homemade ravioli looks amazing – love the sound of crab ravioli 🙂

  11. I love the versatility of pasta too, but funnily enough, I never really got into eating it…until recently, that is! Sometimes I get the cravings and am productive enough to whip up my own batch in the kitchen. This recipe looks stellar good. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Yes!! This is definitely my kind of pasta dish Jess!! So delicious! And the crab ravioli too… 😉

  13. This looks delicious! I could eat pasta every single day. We are pasta and pizza crazy in this household and should probably move to Italy. I’m definitely going to try this since I love everything simple especially when it includes pasta, garlic and lemon! I’ve never tried making my own pasta but it’s definitely on the list.

  14. You are with my husband, he will eat pasta every night of the week. So I am always looking for great recipes for him. This looks so delicious and yet easy to make quickly!

  15. Ohhh I love spaghetti! And this recipe is so quick and easy too (my favorite kinds of recipes ^_~). I’ve never removed the middle of a courgette tho’.. Usually eat it as is. Is there a specific reason for removing the middle? Thank you for sharing 🙂

  16. I’m am soooo with you on the pasta thing! It’s really my absolute, could-eat-it-at-every-meal fave, too! But seriously – if you are that much of a pasta lover and this is your ultimate of ultimates – well, that is really saying something! As in, every single person who reads this should for sure go out and make it immediately! Looks fantastic!!! 😀 ~Shelley

  17. For some reason courgettes, sound so much more tasty than zucchini. This looks delicious! I have a similar dish, but this chili, lemon, garlic flavor combination sounds even better.

  18. Personally, I could TOTALLY eat pasta every night for all of time!! I love how refreshingly simple this dish is. Just good clean flavors.

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