COURGETTIIIII, the best spaghetti

Love pasta, but want to cut down the carbs? Adore Italy, but cant afford the flights?

Then this dish is perfecccct for you!

Spicy prawn courgetti

Known as a nutrient dense food, the courgette contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. It also contains antioxident and anti-inflamatory properties, making it a light weight and healthy vegetable to include in your diet.

Spicy prawn courgetti

This glutenfree pasta alternative dish, includes a nice spicy tomato and prawn sauce, packed with flavour and nutrients. However this is simply one of many variations of sauces you can make. Swap your prawns for chicken, or make a simple vegetable sauce, all which complement the courgette perfectly.

Ingredients

  • Bag of courgettes
  • Bag of FRESH prawns
  • Tin of tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Few cloves of garlic
  • Pepper
  • One red onion
  • Spices: paprika, cumin, fresh dried chilli flakes, salt and pepper, turmeric, oregano
  • Vegetable stock cube
  • Drizzle of Worcestershire sauce.

Method

  1. Dice your onion and cook it on a low heat in a saucepan until gone see through. Meanwhile chop your garlic finely, and dice your pepper.
  2. Add the garlic and pepper and continue to cook until its soften.
  3. Meanwhile cut your courgetti ready… See my advice below on how to make your courgettes into courgetti
  4. Add your tinned tomatoes, vegetable stock, tomato puree, and spice to your onion pan and turn temperature down to simmer. Add spice to your own spice tastings, I use a fair bit to give it that punch. Simmer for ten minutes.
  5. Heat up a frying pan, and add a dash off olive oil. Once its heated add your courgetti and cook slowly, often tossing the noodles so they all cook, approx 10 minutes.
  6. Just before you take your courgetti off the heat, add your prawns to your tomato sauce and stir.
  7. Take the courgetti off the heat and place on some kitchen towel to soak off any extra water.
  8. As soon as your prawns have turned pink, serve your courgetti in a bowl and add the prawn pasta sauce on top.

And ENJOY!

How to cut your courgetti….

The most simple and easy way to make courgetti is with a mandelin. If you have one, TAKE CARE when setting up and using the slicing settings. However if you don’t you can easily slice your courgettes to make noodles. Cut both ends off your courgettes, cut into four pieces and then cut out the centre. Make sure you remove the centre as this retains most of the water, which when cooking makes the dish to watery. Then slice your courgettes into thin noddles. This method is slightly more time consuming, but when your eating it later on its deffo worth the time! I chose to cook my courgette in a frying pan to again tor to remove some of this water retention from the courgettes.

There are many other different sauces you can create for your cougetti, here are some of my other favourites which are so easy to make.

  1. Chicken, green pesto and broccoli courgetti
  2. Steak, pepper and mushroom courgetti
  3. Classic Bolognese courgetti.

Make this fantastic healthy and filling meal and let me know your variations of your favourite toppings.

Emily

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