Courgette Pasta with Almond Pesto & Rocket

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Serves2-4 people

A delicious side or starter.

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  • 2 courgettes – select the straightest ones you can find
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large handful of almonds
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh basil
  • A pinch of red or yellow chilli, finely chopped (more or less, to taste)
  • A good few glugs of olive oil
  • 2 large handfuls of fresh rocket
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1. Trim the woody tops off the courgettes. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the courgette lengthwise into long, thin panels. Cut each panel into thin pasta-like ribbons.
2. Toss in a bowl with a pinch of salt, the zest from the lemon and a good squeeze of juice.
3. Place the almonds, basil, chilli and a good pinch of salt in a food processor (or you can pound in a pestle and mortar). Pulse or pound until it starts to come together. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and then trickle in enough oil until to bring everything together nicely. Taste. Adjust seasoning or balance of basil, nuts, lemon and oil.
4. Dollop a good spoonful or two of the pesto in with your courgettes. Gently mix it with your hands, until the courgettes have a nice pesto coating. Toss the rocket leaves in. Gently mix through. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a few fresh basil leaves and some chopped almonds. Eat straight away or tote along to a picnic.
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