I’ve been on a health kick lately and trying to incorporate more fresh vegetables into meals. Consequently, I stumbled upon some beautiful zucchini at the farmers market the other day and decided to make Meghan Markle’s zucchini bolognese. Apparently cooking the zucchini down turns into a mush that she has branded as “sexy and filthy.” With a moniker like that, who wouldn’t want to try it???
I’m doing this tribute out of extreme curiosity and because I feel like I owe Meghan for providing endless amounts of entertainment for the past year or so with all the royal drama that I shamelessly follow.🫖🍵🤫
I also find it interesting that she was a food and lifestyle blogger before marrying Prince Harry after which she had to give up. 😢🧜♀️ The zucchini bolegnese was something she concocted that was apparently inspired by a “friend” who I would love to know the identity of.🤔
I highly suspected it might be the Canadian celebrity chef she dated and allegedly broke up with right before meeting Prince Harry so I performed a perfunctory google search of Cory Vitiello’s recipes. Unfortunately, I did not find one specifically described as zucchini bolegnese (or try that hard) but uncovered some really juicy tidbits along the way.🕵️♀️
First, I noticed a few articles claiming that they broke up because she took credit at a dinner party for a courgette pasta dish that he actually created. In case you didn’t know, courgettes are what the French and British refer to as….wait for it…zucchini!!!🥒🤣😂
Second, I did find several recipes and references to roast chicken which, according to Cory, is his favorite meal in the whole entire world. Now, isn’t roast chicken what Meghan was making when Harry proposed?!?🍗💍🧐 I’d say she owes Corey a little thank you note! 📝📫😉
I mean, you really cannot make this stuff up!🤥 Just when you think you have Meg pegged even more surprises pop up! It’s like a never ending rabbit hole with more twists and turns around every corner.🐰 Basically, this dish was inspired by a dish that caused a breakup which led to her marrying a prince! 🍜🤴👸
Anyway, I gathered the ingredients for the simple recipe and began to prepare. You basically chop the veggies, add water and a boillon cube, and let that cook down for 4-5 hours. However, I did not have any boillon so I used a chicken seasoning packet for Ramen noodles.🤷♀️
Then you combine the sexy mush with pasta, Parmesan, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes. Only I did not have any more of those tiny packets of red pepper flakes that you take home from the pizzeria so I had to substitute with ancho chili powder.🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️
Cory allegedly mixed courgette (zucchini) spirals with pasta while Meghan has referred to the dish as zucchini bolegnese. According to Wikipedia, bolegnese is a sauce made with meat and then mixed with pasta. So I guess the sexy filthy is the “meat” that you combine with pasta.👌
I just adore simple, flavorful dishes that are unexpected and somewhat healthy as an added bonus. Let’s see how it turns out!🙏
It was positively yum and turned out just as Meghan described, sexy and filthy!😋 She was also quoted to say it is so creamy that you would expect it to have lotsa butter and oil but it doesn’t and I have to agree. Before I added the pasta and other ingredients I tasted a spoonful of mush and it was delicious all on its own. This is a definite repeat that even my toddler enjoyed (after picking noodles from around the mush)!👧🍜
You will need: 3 zucchini, small yellow onion, ramen chicken seasoning packet (or chicken bouillon cube), pinch of ancho chili powder (or red pepper flakes), T of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of armesan cheese, package of penne or similar pasta
To prepare: Dice and sauté half a small yellow onion in a tablespoon of olive oil. Chop zucchini into small pieces and add to onion once it is translucent. Add half a cup of water, chicken seasoning, and season with S & P. Stir and let mixture cook down for about 4 hours until it becomes sexy, filthy mush.
Note: Do not neglect Meghan’s mush. It requires periodic monitoring and more water at times. Before it’s done, boil noodles until al dente and drain. Once it is officially mush, add red pepper or chili powder, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Add to prepared noodles and enjoy!
Another note: I used a recipe for zucchini bolognese by Delish for guidance. They based the recipe off of an an interview she did with them back in 2018 about what she typically eats in a day. I tried it because the description and, in my opinion, it was worth the hype!👍👍
Mood Ring Kitchen
I’m a self teaching home cook and aspiring foodie entrepreneur. I enjoy coming up with creative ways to prepare flavorful food such as snacks, desserts and everything in between. Cooking is a way for me to challenge myself and satisfy curiosities about different ingredients.
The hope is to produce something thoughtful, memorable or every once in a while maybe even wonderful. I enjoy following my “gut” and exploring new recipes that can be comforting, exciting and nourishing. Above all else, I enjoy exploring the emotions surrounding food and writing about those experiences. 😝👩🍳👩💻