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The other night we had one of those real ‘throw together’ easy efforts. Which turned out to be pretty flipping scrumptious. And quick. And cheap. So I thought I’d share the results of my latest fridge forage.

Courgette and Smashed Pea Pasta



  • Linguini / spaghetti – enough for 2
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large courgette, grated
  • 2 handfuls of frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons of grated hard cheese (Grana Padano or Parmesan)
  • Half a tub of crème fraiche
  • Dab of olive oil


Put pasta on to boil according to instructions.

Warm the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, before adding the onion and softening for a couple of minutes before adding the garlic.  After another couple of minutes, add the courgette and the frozen peas. Leave to cook through for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally and squishing the peas as you go so they split, but not so hard they separate.

When the peas are hot, add the crème fraiche along with the cheese, and stir through the vegetables. Allow to bubble for a couple of minutes whilst you drain the pasta.

Stir the sauce through the pasta, serve in warm bowls with lashings of black pepper and some more grated cheese, if you wish.