Spaghetti with pea & mint pesto

Spaghetti with pea & mint pesto

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Cooking time

Cook: 35 mins - 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A new take on an old favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
640
protein
21g
carbs
72g
fat
32g
saturates
6g
fibre
6g
sugar
0g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

  • 250g shelled fresh peas (just under 900g/2lb in their pods)
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 50g pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g fresh parmesan cheese, chopped into small chunks
  • good handful fresh mint leaves (about 20g/¾)
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 350g dried spaghetti

To serve

  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • extra-virgin olive oil

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Method

  1. Cook the peas in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until just tender, then drain and refresh in cold water. Pat dry.
  2. Tip the peas into a food processor and add the garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, mint and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then pulse very briefly until the ingredients are roughly chopped. Don’t overdo it – they should still have lots of texture. (You can freeze the pesto at this point.)
  3. Cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions until al dente – that’s with a bit of bite still. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water.
  4. To serve, toss the spaghetti with the pesto and about 2 tbsp of the water. Pile into warmed bowls and serve at once, with parmesan and olive oil at the table.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2002

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fluffyjacq's picture

Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.

cakeanyone's picture
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Good recipe...liked by all the family. Needed a bit more depth - maybe some strips of crispy pancetta on the top.

Tansyt's picture
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I tried this as we currently have mint growing rampant! A very nice, unusual fresh taste - and certainly a different twist on normal pesto.

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