Great midweek meal – especially when you haven’t had time to go shopping, because you are likely to already have all the ingredients you need.
Pea Pesto Pasta
INGREDIENTS serves 4 at around 420 cals per person
250g frozen petits pois
Clove garlic, crushed
Lemon, zest and juice
Bunch fresh basil
150g reduced fat cream cheese
400g tagliatelle (or whichever pasta you like best)
4 slices cured ham or streaky bacon
Cook pasta according to instructions on pack.
While pasta cooking, boil frozen peas for one minute, drain.
Dry fry cured meat until crispy and set aside on kitchen paper.
Blitz the peas in a food processor with large handful fresh basil leaves, 2 tspns lemon juice, garlic, cream cheese, lots of salt and pepper, and 10 tbspns of boiling water.
Drain cooked pasta and fold in pea pesto.
Top with cured meat strips and serve immediately.