Courgette and Pesto Pasta

I saw this recipe on mamacook, but altered it a bit.  I added an onion (this wasn’t intentional, I just assumed there would be one), and I didn’t use ready-made pesto sauce.  I don’t like buying pots of ready made pesto as it’s often difficult to find one that’s veggie (due to the parmasan) and it always seems such a waste as I only use a little bit and throw the rest away a few weeks later.

The husband, the baby & I really liked it, but the toddler didn’t.  TBH I think she was in one of those moods where anything would have looked like poison, and she’d had a big lunch so I’m not going to take it personally.

This was plenty for 2 adults, a toddler & a baby


  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • olive oil
  • 2 courgettes 
  • 80g Extra mature vegetarian cheddar
  • 4 tbsp Full fat cream cheese
  • dried basil
  • pine nuts
  • olive oil

to serve:

  • Pasta


  1. Put the pasta in boiling water and cook until done to your liking.
  2. As the pasta is cooking, saute the onion & garlic in the oil. 
  3. While that’s cooking, grate the courgette, then and add to the pan with the garlic on a low heat. Stir until softened and so it has lost some of the water. 
  4. While that’s cooking, grate the cheddar. 
  5. Once the courgette is softened, add the cheddar, pesto, soft cheese and a little bit of cooking water from the pasta. Mix into a sauce adding more water if needed.
  6. Mix in the pasta.

Vegetarian. One husband, Two cats, Three kids.

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