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Penne with courgette flowers

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4 as a starter
From Saturday Kitchen
At last - a recipe using courgette flowers without deep-frying! This dish is as colourful as it is easy.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and sweat the garlic until golden. Remove the garlic and add the anchovy fillets. Dissolve the anchovy fillets with the help of a wooden spoon.

  2. Add the onions and sweat. Then add the courgettes.

  3. At this stage add about 4 ladles of vegetable stock followed by the courgette flowers and basil leaves. Stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Taste for salt and pepper - be careful with the salt if your vegetable stock was salty!

  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta until "al dente" and drain. Add the pasta to the sauce, mix well and stir in the parmesan cheese. Serve immediately on individual serving plates drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil.


  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, bashed, but left whole
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2 small onions, sliced finely
  • 2 small courgettes, sliced lengthways finely
  • 240ml/8fl oz approx vegetable stock
  • 16 courgette flowers, torn in half
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • salt and feashly ground black pepper to taste
  • 255g/9oz dried pennette pasta (or another type of short dried pasta)
  • 30g/1oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

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