Easy Meal Idea: Courgette, Chilli and Truffle Tagliatelle

Courgette, chilli, mozzarella pasta | Sugar Thumb

So, it’s not December yet and I am excitedly (and edgily … is that a word) awaiting the beginning of mulled wine season and christmas markets…must… eat… christmas… food…! Also, anyone seen the series Brooklyn nine nine yet? Hilaaaarious. Started watching it last night and am completely hooked. To summarise, it’s a comedy set in the detective department of a police station in Brooklyn. If you like Parks & Recreation and New Girl – you will like it.

In other news, I tried to cut my own hair… those words have never been uttered (in my case anyway) without a sense of regret. I always somehow think I could be a professional hairdresser, but no, I am definitely NOT, especially not with the half rusty scissors i used. I look like a mix between Lassie (the dog) and Chewbacca – so pretty successful really…! I have been trying to cut my hair since I was about 12 and my dad would find hair all over the bathroom and come into my room shaking his head half with laughter and half with despair… I gave up the habit after i drunkenly cut my hair so short (from pretty long) into a boyish bob – that was a bad day. Anyway… this is a warning . don’t do it! It’s always so awkward when you go to the hairdresser to try and improve the hideousness and they look at your hair with utter horror, lifting pieces up at random while asking “and … who cut your hair?”. Ergh..obviously it was me…

So, here is another recipe from my new Easy Meal series.  I decided to make courgette (zucchini), chilli and mozzarella tagliatelle – it has truffle oil because my mum bought me some ages ago, but that part is optional (but adviseable because it tastes like WOW).

Here is the recipe for

Courgette, chilli & Mozzarella Tagliatelle

4 shallots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
1 courgette
1 red chilli (small)
1 small packet of mozzarella
2 tsp truffle oil
2 tsp olive oil
pinch of salt
2 pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp vinegar (apple vinegar if possible)

Tagliatelle (your version of 2 portions worth)

  1. Place a frying pan on medium high heat and add the olive oil and chopped shallots. Fry until they start to go golden
  2. Add the chopped garlic
  3. Cut the ends off the courgette and grate fully – add this to the frying pan along with 2 tbsp water
  4. Cut the chilli into very thin slices and add to the pan – along with the salt, pepper, vinegar and truffle oil (optional)
  5. Add the vegetable stock powder and tbsp water
  6. Turn the heat to lowe/medium and allow to cook
  7. In a separate pot of boiling water on high heat add the Tagliatelle with some salt and cook until al dente
  8. Just before the pasta is cooked take the courgette off the stove and rip the mozzarella into small pieces and place on top of the mixture mix in slightly so it melts a bit.
  9. Strain the pasta
  10. Take your portion of pasta and place the courgette/ mozzarella mix on top and mix in slightly.



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