adapted from OLIVE magazine, June 2011
2 garlic clove, crushed
1x400g tin chopped tomatoes
20 (about 200g) giant pasta shells
500 g courgettes (zucchini), topped, tailed and grated
1/2 lemon, zested
100 g ricotta
50 g parmesan, grated
(salt and pepper)
1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Add half the garlic, cook for a minute then add tomatoes. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.
2. Cook the giant shells until almost tender. You want to slightly undercook them as you’ll be baking them again later. Drain, rinse under cold water then drain completely.
3. Heat another tbsp of oil in a large frying pan, add the rest of the garlic and the courgettes. It looks like a huge amount of courgette at the start, but it really wilts down. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the courgettes have reduced and all the liquid has cooked off. Cool then stir in the ricotta and zest and half the parmesan. Season well.
4. Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Spoon the tomato sauce into the bottom of a shallow ovenproof baking dish. Stuff a spoonful of courgette mix into each shell then sit in the sauce in rows. Sprinkle over the rest of the parmesan. Bake for 20- 25 minutes until bubbling and golden.