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One pot green goodness pasta
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One pot green goodness pasta

15 minutes (15 minutes)
Serves 4

Serves 4

See the recipe for Serves 2 here

  • 2 cups (60g) fresh basil leaves 
  • 1/3 cup pepitas, toasted 
  • 30g parmesan cheese, finely grated 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil  
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 250g wholemeal penne pasta 
  • 500g broccoli, coarsely chopped 
  • 1/3 cup (80g) roasted capsicum strips, drained, chopped 
  • 70g feta cheese, crumbled 
  1. To make pesto, process basil, pepitas, parmesan, garlic, oil, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor to form a thick paste.  
  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water for 9 minutes. Add broccoli and boil for a further 1-2 minutes, until pasta is tender. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water, then drain pasta.  
  3. Return pasta and broccoli to same pot over low heat. Stir in pesto, capsicum and reserved pasta cooking water until well combined and hot. 
  4. Sprinkle with feta. Season with freshly ground pepper. 

Tips

  • You can replace penne with any variety of wholemeal pasta. 
  • Use toasted pine nuts or almonds instead of pepitas if you prefer. 
  • We freshly grated parmesan from the block but you can substitute ¼ cup of packaged shredded parmesan, if preferred. 
  • Refrigerate any leftover pasta for lunch the next day. Simply reheat in microwave oven to serve. 

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