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    Wholewheat pasta with watercress pesto

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 25 minutes

    Serves: 4


    350g wholewheat penne
    300g frozen essential Waitrose Garden Peas
    200g mangetout
    1 clove garlic, sliced
    1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    100g bag watercress
    30g toasted flaked almonds
    250g essential Waitrose Cherry Tomatoes, halved 


    1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of water according to the pack instructions, adding 200g peas and the mangetout for the final 2 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, put the remaining peas in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 2 minutes, drain and place in a food processor along with 3 tbsp water, the garlic, oil, watercress and almonds. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and blend to a coarse paste.

    3. Reserving 6 tbsp of the cooking water, drain the pasta and peas into a colander. Add the tomatoes to the pan with the reserved water and cook over a high heat for 1 minute, stirring. Add the watercress pesto and stir for 30 seconds until thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the drained pasta, peas and mangetout.

    Cook’s tip Substitute semi-dried tomatoes for fresh tomatoes, and green beans for mangetout, if you prefer.  

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