Home made Broad Bean Pesto with Pasta - ready in 20 minutes!

Home made Broad Bean Pesto with Pasta - ready in 20 minutes!

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Even just for a minute... I've tried to make this pesto a little healthier by using less oil and substituting a bit of vodka and a bit of vegetable stock. It's delicious, but a little dryer than if you'd chucked in a cup of olive oil. If you're not too fussed about  superoily pestos, then by all means increase the oil. If you haven't already cooked the broad beans, do it now. Peel the skins off them and discard (to do this, make a small slit in the skin with a sharp knife and then squeeze gently until the bean inside pops out). Combine all the pesto ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Cook the pasta for a couple of minutes less than in says on the packet (the instructions almost always tell you to cook it for too long). Check to make sure it is just perfectly cooked but with a little bit of bite to it. In the last minute of cooking the pasta add the green beans. Turn off the heat and add the asparagus spears. Cover and leave for about 30 seconds. Strain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir through the olive oil. Add the pesto and capers and stir through. Return to the stove over a low heat and heat gently until it is hot enough to serve. You can season to taste with salt and pepper (although the soy sauce already provides some salt, so go easy). First, you can just browse according to the Blog Archive (above) which lists all of our recipes, or secondly you can use the Labels (below) to browse the recipe via category which means that if you happen to have a big piece of pumpkin in the fridge and need some ideas just click the 'Pumpkin' label to see all the recipes we have using pumpkin, too easy.

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