Recipe: Pasta with courgettes and their flowers

By Grant Allen

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Courgette and courgette flowers are perfect with pasta. Photo / Janna Dixon
Courgette and courgette flowers are perfect with pasta. Photo / Janna Dixon

Courgette flowers can be fried in a light tempura batter. They can be stuffed with various fillings and steamed and, in this manner, were once the height of fashion on restaurant menus. I have not fond memories of filling these delicate things with scallop mousse, poaching them and serving them on a beurre blanc sauce. What were we thinking? This idea is more rustic and much less pretentious.

1 Thinly slice 4 small courgettes.

2 Remove the stalk and stamen from about 12 courgette flowers and tear into strips.

3 Heat some butter in a pan and saute half a finely chopped onion.

4 Dice 4 rashers of bacon and add this to the pan, cook for a few minutes until the bacon starts to colour. Add the sliced courgettes, a few chopped chives and cook for a few more minutes.

The courgettes just need to soften. Season and keep warm.

5 Cook your favourite ribbon pasta in plenty of boiling water. Drain.

6 Just before serving add the flower strips to the sauce and let them wilt.

7 Toss in the pasta, add some finely grated parmesan and serve immediately.

A tip that I learnt in Italy was to always add the pasta to the sauce, not vice versa. Also, it helps to integrate the two if you mix a little of the pasta water to the sauce just before combining

- Herald on Sunday

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