GARLICKY WHITE BEAN & SPINACH PESTO PASTA
Insanely simple. Insanely delicious. Insanely good for you!
Using just a handful of ingredients, this dish is packed with protein, fibre and vitamins & minerals. Best of all it can be ready in under 30 minutes!
Green, garlicky and GORGEOUS! Get this one made ASAP...
INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED
200g bag of baby Spinach, rinsed
285g Organic White beans from a jar of Bold Bean Co. beans
2 large cloves Garlic
50g Walnuts, toasted
40g piece of Parmesan, very finely grated
1/2 Lemon, zested and juiced
Salt & Pepper
60 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
HOW TO MAKE IT
Toast nuts in the oven or a dry frying pan until golden and fragrant, set aside
Blanch spinach in large pan of salted, boiling water for 20 seconds before plunging into ice cold water. Drain, squeeze out excess water then roughly chop
Roughly chop garlic cloves into chunky quarters and plunge into spinach water for 10 seconds to remove the raw sharpness (caused by a sulfur-containing molecule called allicin. Allicin is produced through an enzymatic reaction by the enzyme alliinase, only after the cell walls of the garlic are damaged during cutting or chopping) *thanks Google!
Put the nuts, spinach, garlic, white beans and 30g of Parmesan in a food processor with the EVOO and lemon juice/ zest. Pulse before adding a splash (20 ml or so) of the spinach cooking water to loosen slightly and blend to a smooth consistency
Taste then season with salt and pepper, pulse again then transfer to a bowl
Cook pasta to your liking as per packet instructions. As we aren't finishing the pasta in the sauce then cook until 'done'
Have a large mixing bowl to hand with three to four tablespoons of EVOO in it (I use the Sicilian Basil Oil from BellaTerra for this bit, giving the most amazing aromatic end notes to the sauce), then using a spider spoon, transfer pasta to the bowl before adding the white bean and spinach pesto. Mix well to combine and coat the pasta before serving with a final scattering of Parmesan
Enough to serve four alongside a big salad and some garlic bread/ serves two hungry pasta peeps with enough for a lunch leftover for one (basically me and Andrew!)