Pasta and pesto has to be one of the quickest and easiest dishes to make for a speedy lunch or supper. It is delicious, but I do find that I can quickly become hungry after eating it, as it really does not contain that much protein.
In a twist on the classic dish of spaghetti and pesto, I’ve made a thick pea pesto, and served it with a wholewheat spelt pasta, adding protein, some of your 5 a day and lowering the glycemic load of the dish, hopefully keeping you fuller for longer. My pesto also contains seeds, rather than nuts, and if you leave off the optional goat’s cheese topping then the dish is also vegan.
I have used a can of Batchelors marrowfat “Bigga” peas as the base of my pesto – a frugal store cupboard ingredient which effortlessly blends up to make a chunky pesto, which counts towards your 5 a day. You could also add a dollop or two of fat free Greek yogurt to this recipe, for a creamier pasta sauce, or even serve with crudites as a pea-licious dip to share with friends and family!
Spaghetti with pea pesto
For the Pesto
- 1 tbs sunflower seeds
- 1 tbs pumpkin seeds
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbs olive oil - good quality
- 1 can peas - drained and rinsed (I used Batchelors Marrowfat "Bigga")
- 25 g basil
- Juice and zest one lemon
- Salt & Pepper to season
- 150 g Spaghetti cooked as per the packet instructions (I used a wholegrain spelt)
- 20 g spft goa'ts cheese - optional
- Place the seeds into a food processor, blender or mini chopper and whizz until roughly ground. Add the garlic and the oil and whizz again.
- Add the peas (reserve a spoonful for garnish), basil and lemon juice and zest and whizz until you have a chunky paste, thin with water if needed and season to taste.
- Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions, drain (reserve some of the cooking water), add the pesto to the pan with a little pasta water to thin it, stir and allow to heat, add the freshly cooked pasta and reserved peas and mix well.
- Serve immediately topped with little pieces of goat's cheese and some more basil leaves.
Recipe commissioned by Batchelors. All opinions our own.