Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2
Add some veg to pasta and pesto for a cheap, healthy springtime supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal447
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre9g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 175g spaghetti
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 large trimmed leek (about 250g), thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp basil pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • freshly grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve (optional)



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


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 2 mins. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the leeks, then gently cook for about 5 mins until softened. Stir in the pesto and 3 tbsp of the pasta cooking water, then simmer for a few mins.

  2. Drain the pasta and peas, then add to the frying pan, tossing everything together. Divide between 2 warm bowls and sprinkle with a little grated Parmesan, if using.

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Comments (23)

vickpole's picture

Very good, I also added sliced celery and courgettes and everyone loved it. I used a bog standard pesto from sainsburys and it was perfectly fine.

lizzafezza's picture

Really quick, tasty and healthy

disneydani's picture

Really really quick to make and tasty too. I added lots of parmasan and black pepper at the end. I also stired through some creme fraiche for added creaminess and a few chopped jalapenoes for a little kick!

I would definately make it again when I need dinner fast!

Oh, and definately cook the leeks in butter, brings out the flavour.


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