- 350g penne
- 140g broccoli, cut into small florets
Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…
- 100g sugar snap pea, halved
- 2 courgettes, diced
The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 100g light cream cheese
- 50g grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), plus extra to serve
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- zest and juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- large handful basil
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
Cook the penne according to pack instructions, adding the broccoli florets and sugar snap peas to the pan for the final 3 mins.
Meanwhile, gently fry the courgettes in oil for 7-8 mins until soft and tinged pale gold. When the penne and vegetables are almost ready, remove a ladleful of cooking water from the pan. Add 6 tbsp of this to the pan of courgettes, along with the cream cheese, Parmesan, lemon zest, half the lemon juice and seasoning. Stir to make a smooth, creamy sauce.
Drain the penne and vegetables, then mix with the creamy sauce, adding the basil, extra lemon juice and seasoning to taste. Serve in warmed bowls.