Silky green conchiglie with ricotta & lemon
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Silky green conchiglie with ricotta & lemon

This veg-packed pasta dish is perfect for keeping your nutrients topped up at this time of year. If you’re vegan, use a dairy-free butter alternative and your favourite creamy vegan cheese.

HealthySource of fibre2 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time25 mins

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Ingredients

  • 300g conchiglie rigate (or other short dried pasta)
  • 250g essential frozen peas
  • 1/2 x 250g pack Essential Kale
  • 260g pack Essential Spinach
  • 25g pack basil
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1 Essential Lemon, scrubbed, zest of all, juice of ½
  • 4 tbsp essential Italian Ricotta

Method

  1. Bring two large pans of salted water to the boil. Fill a large bowl with water and ice. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 3 minutes of boiling, then drain, reserving a mug of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, in the other pan, cook the kale for 10 minutes, adding the spinach for the final minute and the basil for the final 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to the cold water (this will help to retain their colour), then drain and squeeze out any excess moisture with your hands. Transfer to a blender with the garlic and 250ml water. Blend until smooth, adding a little more water if needed, then season.

  3. Toss the green sauce and butter through the pasta, adding a little of the cooking water to loosen, if needed. Season and add a splash of lemon juice, a little at a time, to taste. Divide between 4 bowls, then top with the ricotta, lemon zest and freshly ground black pepper.

Cook’s tip

Health Hack 

The humble green pea is rich in vitamin C and folate – both good for psychological and immune function. They’re also a handy source of iron, which can help fight fatigue. Frozen are just as good as fresh so they’re an easy, affordable way to ramp up the feel-good factor. 

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

1,588kJ/ 378kcals

Fat

10g

Saturated Fat

5.6g

Carbohydrates

51g

Sugars

5.1g

Fibre

8.8g

Protein

15g

Salt

0.2g

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