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Mixed pasta with courgettes, garlic,ricotta & mint

on 16/09/2009

A divine & tasty pasta ricotta dish

Lovely courgettes ( zucchini )

I bought lovely little courgettes ( zucchini ) at the multi cultural market in Brussels.

I also bought fresh sheep’s ricotta. I wanted to make a nice & easy meal from it.

I had left over pasta & kamut pasta. So I made this!

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Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds


200 gr durum wheat fusilli

150 gr of Kamut penne

525 gr of washed & cleaned little courgettes ( zucchini ), cut into small rounds or into 2

2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut up

EVOO ( Extra Virgin Olive Oil ), a fruity one

2 tablespoons of pine nuts

a few pinches of dried & crushed chilis

200 gr of fresh ricotta (I use sheep’s ricotta ), is low-fat ricotta

10 leaves of fresh mint, washed & pad dry, cut up finely

grinds of black pepper

To serve: freshly grated Parmesan cheese, grated



1. Cook the pasta together in a large cooking pot, filled with plenty of water until al dente. Drain well but keep a bit of the boiling water for the sauce later.

2. Take a little non stick pan & heat up on medium high. Add the pine nuts. Shake the pan from time to time. Heat up. You will roast the pine nuts. When they fill the kitchen with their aroma’s & they are a bit brown in colour, they will be ready. This will take about 3 to 6 minutes in total.

3. Take a large non stick pan with fitting lid & heat up on medium high. Add a few tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. Heat up. When the oil sizzles, add the chopped up garlic & the chopped courgettes. Stir frequently & fry for about 4 to 5 minutes. Now, add a few pinches of crushed & dried chili’s according to your taste. I prefer a bit but not too much. Stir from time to time. Fry for another 4 to 6 minutes or untill ready & cooked trough.

4. You have the pot of pasta, with a bit of the cooking water in it, in front of you. Stir well. Off the heat, add the chopped mint & add the ricotta. Stir with a spoon. Now, add the fried garlic & chili courgettes. Stir carefully with a spoon. Check the seasoning. Add a few grinds of black pepper & taste again. It has to taste fab!

5. Take your 2 serving plates & plate up!

6. Grate some fresh Parmesan shavings over the top & enjoy!!


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96 responses to “Mixed pasta with courgettes, garlic,ricotta & mint

  1. This looks yummy! I think I'd like to try it, but without the mint! (I'm weird and dislike mint in most things!)Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, I'm glad someone besides my friends read it! :)

  2. Liz says:

    Mmm! this pasta looks yummy, I love everything is in. I have never used ricotta in pasta like this. It is a good idea, I take note… Have a good day, Liz

  3. Junglefrog says:

    I love most pasta recipes and this would not be an exception. It looks delicious! Like nutsvilleinnorway I have this thing with mint in my food. My friend tells me to get over it and that I should try it more, so maybe this is one recipe I could try it with!

  4. Cheryl says:

    I love the addition of the mint, this looks both beautiful and healthy!

  5. Love the idea of using the mint in the pasta….very unique. Angie's Recipes

  6. Clémence says:

    que des ingrédients que j'aime. Il faudra que je teste avec la menthe…

  7. Have not thought to put mint in pasta, I have a few left by chance in the fridge. Maybe i can try too!

  8. The mint is the perfect touch. :)

  9. Great flavours and mint sounds like a nice addition!

  10. This looks so light and fresh!

  11. nora@ffr says:

    Great recipe & pictures…looks beautiful & so tempting :)

  12. zerrin says:

    A very healthy dish. I love all these flavors together, especially the mint. It gives a refreshing flavor to dishes. Thanks for this recipe.

  13. Ninette says:

    Lovely zucchini! Love the combination of flavors too.

  14. Elra says:

    What a delicious pasta Sophie!

  15. The pasta sounds incredible! I love the combination of zucchini & ricotta and the addition of mint is excellent!

  16. gaga says:

    I'm always looking for mint ideas and really like this one. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. Anna says:

    That looks yummy, gooey and healthy. Very nice idea.

  18. yummy, oh love the addition of the mint, good food at Sophies house

  19. The kind of oasta slad I crave for! A wonderful combination of ingredients!Cheers,Rosa

  20. Judy says:

    This looks good. I don't use zucchini or mint nearly enough.

  21. I just learned that courgettes are zucchini. I haven't tried kamut pasta. Lots of learning for me in this post!

  22. Thanks for sticking with me Sophie! It's good to be back!

  23. Pam says:

    I bet the ricotta made this dish extra creamy and delicious.

  24. Gloria says:

    Love ricotta Sophie and this dish look georgeous, I love it, thanks by share, gloria

  25. Olga says:

    The multicultural market sounds like a lot of fun!

  26. Michelle says:

    Great looking dish!! Healthy too. I don't cook much with wheat pasta but I really should start. :)Lots of hugs!!

  27. Juliana says:

    Yummie, this durum pasta looks delicious, love the addition og pine nuts :-)

  28. Ricotta and courgettes is a great combination. Sounds delicious!

  29. Karine says:

    Ce plat de pates semble delicieux! J'adore le ricotta et la menthe! MmM

  30. lisamichele says:

    YUM, Sophie, that looks absolutely delicious! I wish I still had some zucchini left so I could make it tomorrow! I don't usually buy zucchini unless it's absolutely necessary for a recipe, but I always take the ones that people pawn off on me after a summer of zucchini growing.

  31. Diana H says:

    I love all of these foods, together it's a great combination. We'd have to disguise the zucchini for my husband though.

  32. Donna-FFW says:

    What a great use for zucchini. It sounds wonderful with the ricotta. Delicious combination.

  33. it looks light and delish!

  34. farida says:

    Sophie, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You have a nice blog. Keep it up! I love zucchini and anything with it. Nice recipe!

  35. Kerstin says:

    This is my kind of dinner Sophie – pasta with two of my favorite ingredients, ricotta and zucchini – yum!

  36. Erica says:

    Wow! My vegetarian husband would love this! Looks delicious.

  37. Anja says:

    Thanks Sophie for visiting my blog. I love your pasta as well. Have a nice weekend.

  38. Ricardo says:

    A dish after my heart and of course stomach, all very loved ingredients of my liking made into this beautiful delicious dish, well done and thanks for the share :) kisses Rico

  39. Sophie! You are such a creative cook! :)

  40. Janice says:

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I have many happy memories of Brussels from my teens when the company my Dad worked for did a lot of business there. I also worked as an au pair for a Belgian family one summer. Great blog, lots of 'real' food.

  41. Want to eat now, looks so yummy!You make cooking look effortless, lovely.

  42. I wish we could find courgetttes like these in my area! These look just like the ones in Lebanon! and they are almost sweet!

  43. Gattina says:

    FRESH ricotta!!! I can only keep drooling over here…

  44. This looks really lovely and healthy! I always see courgettes on sale at a reasonable price so this is a great recipe in which to use them! :)

  45. Sara says:

    This is like the perfect pasta. I love zuchinni in pasta and some fresh ricotta. Yum! Thanks for sending it in for my Presto Pasta Nights roundup!

  46. Joanne says:

    I love any pasta with ricotta. Delightful!

  47. Looks delicious.

  48. Love this – do not use mint nearly enough but this should get me going.

  49. Sophie says:

    @ everyone of you: I am so pleased that you all like this yummie dish: I agree!

  50. Looks really delicious. You should also try with soba pasta, it should work great with your preparation

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