- 100g cooked chestnut
'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…
- handful each basil, parsley and mint, leaves only
There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…
- 50g Parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve (optional)
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 2 garlic clove
- 150ml rapeseed oil
If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
- 500g dried pasta
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 250g pack chestnut mushroom, quartered
Put the chestnuts in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Throw in the herbs, Parmesan and garlic, then pulse again until chopped (not too finely). Pour in the rapeseed oil, mix together and season to taste.
Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water, according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the mushrooms with some seasoning for 6-8 mins until tender and starting to brown. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, return to the pan, then stir through the pesto and the mushrooms. Serve with some extra Parmesan on top, if you like.
Roasting fresh chestnuts
For this recipe, either buy a pack of vacuum-packed ready-cooked chestnuts, or roast them yourself. Cut a small cross in each whole chestnut and roast at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 30 mins. Remove and allow to cool slightly before crushing with the flat side of a knife.