Max La Manna's super green pasta dish

Super green pasta

Max La Manna's super green pasta ensures nothing goes to waste. This recipe works with a similar quantity of frozen peas instead of the broccoli; throw them into the pasta 1 minute earlier, as they need to cook for 4 minutes.

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VegetarianHealthySource of fibre2 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook10 mins
  • Total time25 mins

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Ingredients

  • 360g dried Essential Spaghetti
  • 2 leftover broccoli stems, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 2 handful spinach or bagged salad
  • 1 lemon (scrubbed, or use unwaxed), zest and juice
  • 50g Violife Prosociano Wedge, grated, plus plenty more to serve
  • 1 handful or ½ x 25g pack basil, including the stems, plus a few leaves to serve
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add the spaghetti and cook for 6 minutes. Add the broccoli stems and garlic, bring back to the boil and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the spinach to the pan and cook for 1 minute more to wilt.

  2. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, lift the vegetables and garlic from the pan, and into a blender. Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the cooking water, and set aside.

  3. To the blender, add most of the lemon zest and ½ the juice, 30g cheese alternative, basil leaves and stalks, olive oil and 2-3 tbsp of the cooking water. Blend until smooth. Add more of the water if needed, then season well.

  4. Tumble the pasta into a large bowl, add the sauce, then use tongs to toss, adding a little more of the cooking water to help it all come together. Toss in 20g more cheese alternative then grate plenty more over the top. Squeeze over the remaining ½ lemon. Scatter with the remaining lemon zest and basil leaves, to finish.

Cook’s tip

This recipe works with a similar quantity of frozen peas instead of the broccoli; throw them into the pasta 1 minute earlier, as they need to cook for 4 minutes. 

You can use rocket, or any bagged leaves instead of spinach, too.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

2,141kJ/ 508kcals

Fat

12g

Saturated Fat

4.3g

Carbohydrates

82g

Sugars

2.8g

Fibre

5.6g

Protein

15g

Salt

0.7g

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