Pasta dishes

Farfalle con zucchine

So spring is officially upon us (in Italy anyway). I love it when the seasons change here because all of the food changes too! 

 Unfortunately in Britain, farmer’s markets and seasonable fruit and veg have all but been forgotten. When I go back to England it always takes me a week or so to get used to the amount of food available and I never know what to cook.

It’s perfectly normal to walk into a supermarket and see strawberries in winter or squash in summer and although it’s nice to have the option, it all just feels a bit off to me.

Whereas here in Italy, the local market is the place to be on a Saturday morning and if you don’t mind the odd elbow to the ribs from a hurried nonna, it’s well worth it! A punnet of tomatoes in a supermarket will cost you €2/3 here whereas a kilo of toms from the market will set you back a whole EURO!!

This was my shopping hoard for this week…


All in all I got 8kg of food for €5!!

So after I got back from the market I took my seasonal veg (and my bruised ribs) into the kitchen and decided to make a lovely spring dish! 

It only takes 15 minutes and 5 ingredients to whip up this zingy little mouthful and it’s veggie and vegan friendly too! So take a look below and try it yourself =)

Ingredients (serves 2):


250g farfalle pasta, 2 zucchine, half a garlic clove, handful of parsley and black pepper


  1. Finely chop the garlic and add it to a frying pan on a medium heat with a splash of olive oil.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and pour the pasta in – boil for 8-10 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, wash and grate the zucchine and add to the frying pan.
  4. Stir the zucchine and garlic together and add a little water to stop it from burning, simmer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. Check that the pasta is al dente and when it’s ready drain into a colander. Save a cup of the pasta water while draining.
  6. Add the pasta to the zucchine and garlic and stir through, then add the parsely.
  7. Add  half a cup of the water to create a sauce and continue to stir for a few minutes.
  8. Sprinkle a good helping of pepper over the top and once the zucchine clings to the pastaand it looks shiny it’s done.


And there you have it!! Farfalle con zucchine!!


Work that hob and Walk unafraid people!!

-H   Xx


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