Today marks the beginning of this year’s National Vegetarian Week and I am planning to share some of my easiest family vegetarian recipes with you. Whether you are trying vegetarianism for the first time, are meat reducing with Meat Free Monday or are a seasoned vegetarian I hope you will find something here this week to tempt you, to show you how simple veggie food can be and how tasty and satisfying it is! To kick off I am sharing this easy peasy (see what I did there?!) Pea Pesto Pasta – simple ingredients, ready in 15 minutes flat.
I love the subtle fresh taste of a pesto made with frozen peas, a generous amount of basil, a little mint, some pine nuts, garlic, oil and lemon. It creates a dish suitable for vegetarians, vegans and the rest of you! Bung some sun dried tomatoes and spring onions on top and you lift it from tasty to delicious, adding a depth of flavour which complements the herbs in the sauce perfectly.
You need to defrost your peas before you start but, other than that, you just chuck everything into a blender of food processor, press start and whizz it all until it’s smooth!
Look at that colour! I’m still so impressed with the Froothie blender for smoothness, I’ve made this for years using my food processor but it’s not a patch on this!
- 1 cup of frozen peas (thawed)
- 1 cup fresh basil (be generous, squash it in, you can't really have too much basil!)
- ½ cup fresh mint
- 2 large cloves garlic
- ½ cup toasted pine nuts
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ½ - ¾ cup olive oil
- salt and black pepper
- 300g spaghetti pasta
- 6 sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
- 6 spring onions (scallions) trimmed and sliced
- a handful of baby spinach leaves per person (or salad leaves of your choice)
- black pepper
- Place all the ingredients for the pesto (start with ½ cup of oil) into a blender and blend until smooth, taste and adjust seasoning to taste - add more oil if it is too thick.
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
- Add the pasta to the water and cook according to instructions on the pack - usually about 12 minutes - until al dente.
- Drain, return to the pan, pour in the pesto and toss until well combined.
- Place a handful of spinach leaves into 4 pasta bowls, top with spaghetti and sprinkle with sun dried tomatoes and spring onions.
- Grind some black pepper over the top and serve!
Pea pesto is something I take with us to the boat if we are on the mooring with no electricity or whizz up if we are tied up on a pontoon and plugged in – it’s so simple and so delicious it has become a firm family favourite. I hope you will be tempted to try it during this sunny National Vegetarian Week!
If you like this Pea Pesto Recipe why not pin it for later so you can find it when you are peckish?!
I’m sharing this with Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Monday – a whole week and more of blogger’s vegetarian recipes in one place!
and with my own and Jac’s Pasta Please full of ideas for delicious pasta dishes!
The Vegetarian Society has some fabulous ideas to inspire you this National Vegetarian Week do go and have a look! Or you could pop over to Cranks who are featuring my recipe and recipes from more veggie bloggers to mark #NVW2016!
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