Courgette Bacon Pasta Recipe

Chargrilled courgette and smoked bacon pasta

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Salty smoked bacon adds extra flavour to this simple courgette pasta, livened up with fried chilli flakes for a quick midweek meal

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Ingredients

  • fiorelli or fusilli pasta 150g
  • courgettes 2 medium, halved and sliced 1cm thick on the diagonal
  • olive oil 2½ tbsp
  • smoked streaky bacon 4 slices, chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, thinly sliced
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch

Method

  • Step 1

    Cook the pasta following pack instructions.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, toss the courgettes in 1 tbsp of olive oil and season. Heat a griddle pan until hot, then griddle the courgettes in batches until tender and grill-marked on both sides. As they are done, remove to a bowl and cover with a plate to keep warm.

  • Step 3

    Heat the remaining 11/2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the bacon until crisp and golden. Add the garlic, turn down the heat so it doesn’t burn, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in the chilli flakes, if using.

  • Step 4

    Drain the pasta, reserving a mug of the cooking water. Tip the pasta and courgettes into the bacon pan with 2 tbsp of the cooking water, and toss everything together. Season well and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 530
  • Fat 25.6g
  • Saturates 5.9g
  • Carbs 51g
  • Sugars 3.4g
  • Fibre 6.1g
  • Protein 20.7g
  • Salt 1.8g
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