Recipe | Courgette Spaghetti… “Courgetti”

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I read Challenge Sophie’s blog post on eating healthily the other day with great interest. One thing that caught my attention was the fact that she has given up pasta and potato, and so is being quite inventive at mealtimes. She mentioned courgette spaghetti, or “courgetti” (or zuccini noodles “zoodles” for my American friends!), which intrigued me… could courgette actually work as a carb substitute? I had to find out.

Courgette Spaghetti - Courgetti / Zoodles

As I’m sure you realise, this is thin strands of courgette looking a bit like spaghetti and designed to replace spaghetti in a mid-week meal. Think eating healthy fresh vegetable instead of white stodgy pasta…

And as you can imagine, it is incredibly easy to make. Wash the courgettes, slice strings using a julienne peeler, fry for a couple of minutes in a teeny bit of oil until soft and hot. If you’d rather use no oil at all then you can steam the strands of courgette in the microwave for a couple of minutes. So quick!

Julienne Peeler from Lakeland

I used this julienne peeler from Lakeland, also available from Amazon – very cheap at £3.50 so definitely worth a try. If you’re keen and want to spend a bit more then lots of people recommend this larger plastic gadget from World Cuisine, available from Amazon.

Making Courgette Spaghetti

Raw Courgette Spaghetti

Frying Courgette Spaghetti

I served the courgetti with yummy pork meatballs in a tomato and chilli sauce – the meal looked great; we couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

Courgette Spaghetti with Meatballs and Tomato and Chilli Sauce

Of course the proof is always in the eating, and we were very impressed. We both like courgette (which is a good start!), and use it a lot in our meals, but there was something about preparing and cooking it this way that made it a bit different. And it did indeed work as a replacement for pasta – ok, perhaps not quite as filling, but it was really very tasty, and perfectly healthy. Yum!

Thanks Sophie for the inspiration to make my meals a bit more healthy. Let me know if you try it!

 

You can buy the Sharp Peel Julienne Peeler I use from Lakeland, also available from Amazon if you prefer. If you’re keen and want to spend a bit more then lots of people recommend this larger plastic gadget from World Cuisine, available from Amazon.

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4 Responses

  1. What a fab idea. That Julienne peeler is very nifty too 🙂

  2. This recipe is certainly worth trying and it tastes really good. From a family who wouldn’t touch courgettes for years because of being over filled with them back in the early nineties, we have at last become fans.
    I used a cheese grater for the courgettes which was very easy and used garlic infused olive oil for the sir frying (3 minutes max) which gave them a nice bit of flavour.
    I made the meat balls with minced pork and dill and they only took 18 minutes in the oven while I prepared the sauce & courgettes.
    My tomato, onion and chilli sauce was very basic but I did put just a bit too much chilli in for me but water was on tap!
    I would certainly make it again.

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