Lazy summer pasta



  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 courgettes, cut into chunks



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it’s from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It’s…

  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 140g fusilli or other short pasta
  • handful of basil leaves
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/conventional 220C/gas 7. Put the onion, courgettes and garlic into a large ovenproof dish. Slosh over the olive oil, season well and give everything a quick stir, then roast for 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes into the veg and continue roasting for 15 minutes more. At the same time, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil so the sauce and pasta will be finished at the same time.

  2. Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook according to pack instructions; about 9-12 minutes.

  3. Drain the pasta. Take the vegetables out of the oven and pop the garlic cloves out of their skins. Mash the garlic against the side of the dish and stir through the vegetables. Tip in the pasta and toss everything together, tearing in some basil as you go. Pile into two bowls and serve with grated parmesan.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2003