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HARRIET’S EASY PESTO PASTA

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This was a recipe from my daughter’s birthday cookery  party several years ago . A large group of her friends made a three course meal for themselves . This was one of the recipes and  is now a family favourite and one my daughters like to cook ! You can also easily  add to it  by adding chicken pieces or tuna, cherry tomatoes , asparagus , peas , toasted pine nuts etc  .

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 250 g brown rice pasta (wheat free)

For Pesto sauce

  • approx 200 ml hemp oil , or olive oil (can add a bit more if sauce is too thick)
  • 100 g fresh basil
  • 3 cloves of raw fresh garlic
  • ½ large onion
  • 20 g walnuts
  • 75 -100g spinach

 You will need a food processor or hand blender

Method

  1. Put pasta in pan of water and boil for 10 mins/ as per packet instructions
  2. Whilst pasta is cooking peel and chop onion into large chunks and peel garlic cloves .
  3. Put the garlic and onion into a blender/ food processor with all other sauce ingredients and mix until you have a smooth green paste
  4. Once the pasta is cooked – drain the pasta
  5. Mix the pasta into the green pesto sauce and serve with a green salad

When serving, you can also add/ mix in  cooked chicken or  tuna , cherry tomatoes, peas, steamed asparagus, green beans, toasted pine nuts and a bit of feta.

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