This gorgeous pesto pasta dish is tasty, fresh and a great Vegetarian option that is filling too. I have made pesto a few times and it’s always been enjoyable, but with the extra cheese I think this was the best most tastiest I have made yet! All you need are the below ingredients, seasoning + oil, a blender and your usual kitchen utensils and you’re good to go! The roast tomatoes are a great addition to the dish giving this meal a juicy, sweetness. Total calories = Approx. 650 calories per portion.
Ingredients (for 2 people);
- 160g tenderstem broccoli
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 30g pine nut & seed mix (pumpkin & sunflower seeds)
- 40g Italian hard cheese
- 50g soft cheese
- 200g pasta (I used farfalle)
- 20g basil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Method (Takes approx. 25 mins including prep);
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ gas mark 7. Add the pine nut & seed mix to a large pan over a medium heat and cook for 2-3 min, stirring occasionally, until nicely toasted. Once done, transfer the toasted seeds to a food processor (reserve the pan)
- While the pine nuts & seeds are toasting, chop the tomatoes into wedges and add them to a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Put the tray in the oven for 20 mins or until softened.
- Add the pasta to a different pan of boiled water with a pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat. Cook the pasta for an initial 9 mins then add in the tenderstem broccoli (chop any extra long stalks in half) for a further 3 – 4 mins until cooked through/tender.
- Meanwhile, grate the Italian hard cheese (save a pinch to one side for garnish), peel the garlic and add to the food processor with the basil, 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp cold water, the vegetable stock cube, soft cheese and 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Blitz until well combined and smooth – this is your extra creamy pesto.
- Once cooked, drain the pasta and broccoli, then return them to the pot with the creamy pesto. Give everything a good mix up until fully coated.
- Serve the pesto pasta in bowls and top with the roasted tomatoes, season with a grind of black pepper and add the little bit of leftover grated cheese on top (I also added a pinch of flaked almonds too which were a nice addition)!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did, it’s a real guilt-free comfort meal!
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