This savoury pasta dish with courgette and mushrooms in tomato sauce is brought alive by the inclusion of pancetta, which regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of. I find salty pancetta makes any vegetable I choose to add to it taste really good. I’ve been rustling up this kind of meal for quite a few years now as it’s a fail safe dinner. You’ll find there are a couple of variations of it in the pasta section of the blog, so do check them out.
There are days when a super quick dinner is needed, particularly when there are after school activities to factor in. In the morning I take out a batch of this pasta sauce that I’ve stashed away in the freezer, let it defrost and then reheat that evening serving with freshly cooked pasta. Dinner is then ready in 10 minutes, without any stress. That’s got to be a win win situation, right?
Ingredients (Serves 2 adults or 4 children)
200g pipe rigate pasta
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium courgette (chopped in quarter slices)
4 good size mushrooms (peeled and quarter sliced)
100g cubetti di pancetta
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian mixed herbs
Grated Parmesan cheese to serve
1. Heat the olive oil in a lidded casserole pan and then sauté the courgette until it starts to soften.
2. Add the mushrooms, pancetta and Italian herbs continue cooking on a medium heat until the mushrooms reduce down and the pancetta begins to crisp.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes and a grinding of black pepper, bring to boil and then simmer with the lid partially on for about 20 minutes, stirring every now and again.
4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water (I tend to leave out the salt if I’m cooking it for the children) until al dente.
5. Reserve a small cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Add a splash of the pasta cooking water and heat everything through for about 30 seconds. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Until next time.