Secret green sauce spaghetti

Secret green sauce spaghetti

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Sneak some extra green veg into pesto-based pasta sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • sauce only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal549
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre6g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.7g
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Ingredients

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 100g bag baby spinach
  • 140g frozen pea
  • small bunch basil, leaves picked, a few reserved to serve

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 3 tbsp green pesto
  • 150ml pot single cream
  • 50g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus a little extra to serve

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

Method

  1. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, boil the kettle, put the spinach and peas in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Leave for about 3 mins until the peas are tender, then drain well. Tip the veg into a food processor or blender, add the basil, pesto, cream and Parmesan, and whizz to make a smooth sauce.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, and return to the pan. Pour over the sauce and return to a low heat to cook for a few mins, until the sauce clings to the spaghetti. Add a little pasta water if it looks too dry, season to taste and serve with extra Parmesan and scattered with basil leaves, if you like.

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Comments (3)

lauralizpin's picture

My children love this. I love it because they are eating veg they normally turn their noses up at! Great quick easy dinner a bit more to it than just pasta and pesto

Sjmhughes@gmail.com's picture

Made this twice now. My two year old will eat it, we call "dinosaur pasta", but its pretty bland.

veggiegourmet's picture
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My two boys really enjoyed this. They love spaghetti but are not big fans of sloppy sauce, so as this was fairly dry it was a big hit!

Questions (1)

karenm36's picture

549 cals per portion of sauce? Is this correct? Won't be giving to kids if it is

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