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Simple Lemon Basil and Courgette Pasta

Simple Lemon, Basil and Courgette Pasta

A fresh and vibrant lemon, basil and zucchini pasta dish that is quick and easy to whip together!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil, lemon, Lemon Garlic Pasta, Pasta, Quick and easy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 783kcal
Author Sasha


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½
  • 1 courgette coarsely grated
  • 125 g mascarpone (½ cup)
  • 15 g parmesan (¼ cup) finely grated
  • ½ cup basil leaves finely sliced
  • 250 g pasta of your choice I used fresh gemelli - strozzapreti would also be good!
  • salt and pepper
  • 60 ml pasta cooking water (¼ cup)
  • toasted breadcrumbs optional, but highly recommended, to top
  • shaved parmesan to top


  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
    250 g pasta of your choice
  • In a frying pan, heat the butter over a gentle heat. Add the garlic and the lemon zest and let sizzle in the pan for a few seconds. Add the courgette to the pan and quickly toss in the butter - you don't want to overcook it!
    1 tablespoon butter, 1 clove garlic, finely grated zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½, 1 courgette
  • Stir in the mascarpone, parmesan, lemon juice and basil until combined.
    finely grated zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½, 125 g mascarpone, 15 g parmesan, ½ cup basil leaves
  • Drain the pasta, reserving ¼ cup of the cooking water. Tip the drained pasta into the sauce and toss to coat. Add as much of the reserved pasta water as desired until the pasta is well-coated and saucy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    60 ml pasta cooking water, salt and pepper
  • If liked, toast some breadcrumbs in butter (1 tablespoon butter to ½ cup breadcrumbs) and sprinkle over the top of the pasta. Finish with shaved parmesan.
    toasted breadcrumbs, shaved parmesan


Calories: 783kcal | Carbohydrates: 82.6g | Protein: 22.7g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 191.8mg | Sodium: 1522.6mg | Potassium: 328.2mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 106.9IU | Vitamin C: 8.1mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 5.3mg