Courgetti with a pine nut, basil, spinach and yoghurt pesto

Courgetti with a yoghurt, pine nut, basil and spinach dressing

The comments on my last post about courgettes/zucchini made me giggle. I find it a bit odd that two English speaking countries have such different names for the same vegetable. My Italian heritage leads me in the direction of preferring zucchini, but for the purposes of this blog post, I think courgetti has a better ring to it than zuccheti.

If you haven’t heard of courgetti, it’s courgette spaghetti or noodles, and I can’t get enough of them. I hadn’t got round to buying a spiralizer, so when Rachel’s Organic asked if they could send me one, I was beyond excited. I’ve only had it a couple of days, but I can already tell that all of my meals in the near future are sure to involve spiralizing. Once we’d spiralized a courgette, we were left with a little courgette mushroom. Isn’t it so cute?

Courgetti 1

Courgetti 2

As well as a spiralizer, Rachel’s Organic also sent me some of their delicious yoghurt and a bounty of fresh ingredients, which meant I spent all day yesterday in the kitchen. I was in heaven. And the result? Courgetti and king prawns, served with a pine nut, basil, spinach and yoghurt dressing. You might think adding yoghurt to a pesto-style sauce won’t work, but it really does. Here’s how you can make this super tasty and healthy dish:


  • 2 courgettes
  • 200g of king prawns
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 50g of pine nuts
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 50g of spinach
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons of Rachel’s Organic fat free Greek style natural yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash the basil and spinach before adding to a blender alongside the garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. Pulse until you have a rough paste. Add in the yoghurt and pulse again for about 30 seconds to bind all of the ingredients.

2. Chop the ends off the courgette and spiralize until you have courgetti. Add a drop of olive oil to a pan and saute for a couple of minutes. Then toss in the prawns and heat for another couple of minutes until the prawns are heated through.

3. Remove the courgetti from the heat and stir in the yoghurt dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Courgetti with a yoghurt, pine nut, basil and spinach dressing 2

I like quite a rough pesto, but if prefer something smoother, simply pulse the ingredients for a little longer. I also add a spoonful of the dressing at a time so as not to add too much – if there is any leftover, I keep it in the fridge, as it makes a great dip.

Courgetti with a yoghurt, pine nut, basil and spinach dressing 3

This recipe goes to show how versatile an ingredient yoghurt can be. For a long time I was guilty of categorising yoghurt as purely a breakfast dish, to be served with lots of fresh fruit. Sure, that’s still one of my favourite ways to eat yoghurt, but from now on I’ll be experimenting with it a little more.

I’d love to know, do you use yoghurt in any other dishes? And are you a fan of courgetti?


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  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    YUM all I see is the shrimp and that is making me drool lol! I love your photographs – they are so beautiful!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That’s such a lovely thing to say, thanks Jessica!x

  • http://www.seethesparkle.com/ India Alexandra

    looks delicious – I usually just use a vegetable peeler to peel my courgette and steam it so it’s a little like linguini , but I think I may just have to “invest” in a spirlaiser !!!

    INDIA | See the Sparkle

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You should India, it’s so quick and easy to use. I’m now slightly obsessed looking for things that I can spiralize :-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Yum, that looks so good!! I love the flavour combination of prawn and pesto. I really want a spiralizer now! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Miranda! I’m also a huge fan of the prawn and pesto combination, it’s so good!x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    I have to say that ever since your last post, I’ve been telling everyone I know about courgettes because it just seems like such a fun word to say! And now “courgetti” – haha amazing!

    This looks so good. I’m a big fan of vegetable pasta and I bet the pine nut combination is great!

    xx Kathryn

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love this Kathryn, you’ve just made me giggle. I too am a huge fan of vegetable pasta – all the yumminess without the bloated after feeling :-)

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Yum, that recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Melanie and you’re welcome :-)

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    That sounds really nice! Perfect for spring and summer.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you!x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I love the idea of veggies as a pasta alternative! And this looks fantastic. Pesto and prawns together are magic. The first bit of kitchenware I buy here might just be a spiralizer :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You should definitely get one Gianni! Mine is turning into a kitchen essential ;-)

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    this sounds amazing and now i want one of those cool spiralizers!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Jackie Jade! I can see me getting really into spiralizing now ;-)

  • http://www.splendorway.com Jaclyn

    Courgetti- I love it! I was just telling my husband about not knowing the other name for zucchini after reading your last post lol. This pesto made with yogurt sounds great!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love the name courgetti too Jaclyn, it always makes me giggle a little. It’s worth giving the pesto yoghurt dressing a try as it’s really delicious!x

  • http://sophieinclogs.com Sophie

    I’ve never heard of courgetti! Coodles yes, which I always think sound like poodles.
    This looks so delicious, so light with the yogourt pesto but still hearty enough for dinner. May have to bust out my spiralizer! (though I should really invest in a proper one as every time I use my puny little one I serve a bit of blood with dinner :P )

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Those little ones can be quite vicious, can’t they! It’s the same with graters, I’m always really bad at hurting myself with those. You’re right, the dish is hearty enough to have for dinner too :-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Courgetti! That looks and sounds so healthy and delicious!! Lovely!

  • http://eat-sleep-breathe-fashion.blogspot.co.uk Sadie

    I’ve seen a lot about courgette recently and really want to give it a try. Pesto is one of my favourites too so this sounds delicious and healthy :) xx


  • http://www.cestmoisaralouise.com/ Sara Louise

    This looks GOOD! Now I’m ready for summer :)

  • http://jasmincharlotte.com/ JasminCharlotte

    This looks amazing – I really want a spiralizer, I am obsessed with courgette so eating it in every form possible is always ideal. I’m always confused with the zucchini/courgette divide too – NZ says zucchini, UK says courgette, I like to mix it up! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Every time I read courgetti, I think of some kind of dog. A cross between a corgi and… I don’t know?! Then I’m like “don’t be silly, it’s clearly something to do with a courgette!”

    I say courgette, but it’s Zucchini in German (with the z pronounced as a ts sound).