Parsley and chilli spaghetti. Fresh, fast and easy pasta using home grown ingredients

When you need to cook a fast and easy dinner, this aromatic spaghetti dish is perfect. It is even better when you have most of the ingredients in your gardens. And it is delicious!

I struggle to come up with many things as satisfying as cooking meals with the vegetables I grow. Sometimes I use many and sometimes I incorporate mostly herbs into a dish. When I recently made this meal, I excitedly used parsley, chilli, shallots and a lemon from my gardens.

The quantities below are really just a guide, to be adjusted to your own tastes. It is designed to make 2 serves so just increase the quantities as you increase the amount of pasta. Any pasta will work, I just prefer spaghetti.


A few good slugs of olive oil (enough to coat the spaghetti)

1 fresh chilli chopped, seeds removed

A handful of chopped fresh parsley

2 – 3 sliced shallots

2 cloves of crushed garlic

Juice of ½ lemon (optional)

Grated parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper


Homegrown ingredients – parsley, chilli, shallots and lemon

While the pasta is cooking, saute the shallots, chilli, garlic and parsley in the olive oil in a large frying pan. If you are not already hungry, the aromas generated by the garlic and shallots will get you there.


After draining the cooked pasta, add it to the frying pan with the other ingredients and toss it through. I use a pair of tongs to grip the spaghetti and drag it through the oil and sautéed ingredients. Add the lemon juice and toss the ingredients again. Season as required with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowls and serve topped with grated parmesan cheese.


Parsley and chilli spaghetti

Do you have any fast and easy dishes you like to make?


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