- 250g shelled fresh peas (just under 900g/2lb in their pods)
A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…
- 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 50g pine nuts, toasted
- 50g fresh Parmesan cheese, chopped into small chunks
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- good handful fresh mint leaves (about 20g/¾)
There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…
- 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 350g dried spaghetti
Cook the peas in boiling water for 2-3 minutes until just tender, then drain and refresh in cold water. Pat dry.
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.)
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.
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.