Pasta with creamy greens & lemon

Pasta with creamy greens & lemon

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 2 mins Cook: 10 mins - 12 mins


Serves 4
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal635
  • fat28g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 350g pasta



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 140g broccoli florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 100g frozen soya beans
    Soya beans

    Soya beans

    soi-yah beenz

    Soya beans and soy beans are exactly the same and the names are used interchangeably according…

  • 100g frozen peas
  • 100g mange tout
  • 150g mascarpone or soft cheese
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 85g grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative



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

  • handful basil leaves


  1. Cook pasta in a very large pan following the pack instructions, adding broccoli florets, frozen soya beans, frozen peas and mange tout for the final 3 mins of cooking time.

  2. Drain, saving a ladleful of the cooking water first, then tip everything back into the pan. Stir in mascarpone or soft cheese, zest and juice 1 lemon, grated Parmesan, a handful basil leaves, some seasoning and a splash of cooking water.

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11th Mar, 2014
As a very proud (and absolutely wonderful!) mother of five, I can testify that this recipe is like a gift from heaven, and beyond! I make this for my children's entrée every Thursday evening, and every time, without fail, it turns out perfectly, and of course goes without saying that every last bit is gobbled up!!! A 'must do' for all enthusiasts and beginners alike. Spoil yourself! Go on! x
9th Oct, 2013
I tried it last night! Thought it is not gonna work specially after reading the comments. I kind of liked it! Agree that needed more lemon juice and maybe a little salt. Beside this, it was really interesting food! It was a new taste for me so enjoyed more! It is definitely a food that I will make in close future.
16th Jul, 2013
Great, easy, mid-week meal. Tried it with gnocchi instead of pasta and worked a treat
27th Mar, 2013
Considering there's no seasoning it's one of the tastiest dishes I've ever eaten......& that's cooked exactly as the recipe!!! I changed nothing & loved it......even the lemon.
4th Mar, 2013
I used baby broad beans instead of soya beans and cheddar instead of parmesan and this is a nice quick meal. I added 1 lemon and it was not too strong but this was a small lemon. It doesn't have strong flavours but it is definitely worth cooking if you want something quick and easy.
22nd Aug, 2012
This recipe is very tasty. I didnt have butterbeans but it didnt make it any less tasty. I added the lemon to taste based on previous comments. One lemon may be a bit too much but it was delicious and popular in our house. A regular from now on.
5th Jul, 2012
Looks ok, planning to cook it tomorrow night adding some diced pancetta - reckon this will make it less healthy but defo tastier! :)
17th Jun, 2012
So simple, so quick and yet incredibly tasty. And so filling. The combination of the flavours was light and fantastic and the lemon gave it a really refreshing zing.
26th May, 2012
Going to try this tonight! Looks very tasty! Will be adding some spinach for some extra greens :)
27th Feb, 2012
Whilst this was quite fresh tasting because of the lemon, it wasn't particularly tasty....and seemed to lack flavour...will try again and add pesto as advised above.


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