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Creamy Courgette and Pancetta Pasta

Creamy Courgette Pasta with Pancetta
This is a quick and easy pasta dish packed full of flavour. The simple sauce is made from gently frying grated courgettes and garlic before stirring through creme fraiche and grated parmesan, which makes it lovely and creamy. The courgette sauce is then combined with cooked spaghetti before serving.

For a bit of extra flavour I added some grilled pancetta slices to the top of each bowl, which really enhanced the dish and gave it a nice crunch. Woodalls Charcuterie recently sent me some of their cured meats to try including the pancetta used here. The multi award winning Woodalls range currently includes 3 air dried hams, a cumberland salami (which is awesome on pizza) as well as this delicately smoked pancetta. Pork bellies are hand salted by master curer Colin Woodall and then allowed to rest for 7 days. They are then hung for a couple of days before being smoked. The product is air dried for a further 5 weeks and unlike  many pancetta's on the market can be eaten straight from the pack. I was really impressed by the quality of the products and I will definitely be seeking them out in the future.

We're off to Disneyland Paris for a few days so it will be a little quiet around here until next week! I hope everyone is having a lovely half term.
Creamy Courgette Pasta with Pancetta


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Creamy Courgette and Pancetta Pasta
A quick and creamy courgette and pancetta pasta recipe
  • 3 Courgettes, grated
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 200g Creme Fraiche
  • 75g Parmesan, grated
  • Zest of 1/2 Lemon
  • 350g Spaghetti
  • 8 slices Pancetta
Step 1: Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook spaghetti according to instructions. Reserve a cup of pasta water for later.Step 2: Lay the pancetta slices in a baking sheet and grill for about 4-5 minutes until crispy. Set aside.Step 3: In a large frying pan heat the oil then fry the courgettes and garlic, astir through the creme fraiche, parmesan and lemon zest.Step 4: Toss the drained spaghetti through along with the reserved pasta water. Spoon into bowls and top with the grilled pancetta slices.

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Yield 4
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