Featured recipe – “Courgetti”

Tuscany Now’s Featured Recipe – “Courgetti” with sardines, sultanas and pine nuts

courgette 'spaghetti' recipe



This deliciously simple, Sicilian-inspired dish is a perfect work-night supper, taking under fifteen minutes to prepare.

 ”Courgetti” with sultanas and pine nuts

to serve one, as a main course.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

TOTAL: 12 minutes



1 210g tin of sardines, drained, oil reserved

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tbsp sultanas

1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

1 tbsp capers

1.5 courgettes, julienned

½ tbsp chopped chives

zest and juice of half a lemon

black pepper to serve

ingredients to make courgetti


  1. Tip a little of the oil drained from the sardines into a frying pan and sauté the garlic for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, add the julienned courgettes to another pan, and sauté over low heat in a little of the sardine oil until softened – approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Add the sardines to the garlic pan, and break them up with the back of your wooden spoon as you stir them around the pan. Next add the sultanas, pine nuts and capers and stir well. Cook for a few minutes until the sardines are warmed through.
  4. When the courgettes are ready add them to the sauce pan and toss all the ingredients together, distributing the sauce evenly through the courgettes. Scatter in the chives, lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add a little extra salt if necessary, but likely not as the capers are salty.

Transfer to a serving dish and add liberal amounts of black pepper.


Tuscany Now got in touch with food blogger Ceri Jones of Natural Kitchen Adventures to have a chat about her modern, healthy updates on classics, and decided to feature her version of a classic spaghetti dish as our first Tuscany Now featured recipe!

picture of Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones ,NKACeri  is a 30-something Londoner who was recently lucky enough to make her passion for wholesome food her living by training as a natural chef in California. Ceri now works as a natural chef and can mostly be found cooking in London’s healthy Retreat Cafe Kitchen HQ.  Ceri also works as a food writer and whole food cooking instructor.  Her blog Natural Kitchen Adventures focuses on whole foods, paleo and gluten-free recipes, since its launch in 2011. Through her blog she explores new ingredients, cuisines and recipes, one kitchen adventure at a time!

Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @cerikitchen, or Facebook her


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