Peasto pasta

With smashed chicken

Peasto pasta

Peasto pasta

Serves Serves 4
Time Cooks In25 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 621 31%
  • Fat 25.6g 37%
  • Saturates 5.4g 27%
  • Sugars 3.4g 4%
  • Salt 0.5g 8%
  • Protein 47.1g 94%
  • Carbs 49.8g 19%
  • Fibre 7.5g -
Of an adult's reference intake
Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Ingredients

  • 320 g frozen peas
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1 bunch of basil or mint (30g)
  • 40 g pine nuts
  • 40 g Parmesan or Cheddar cheese , plus extra for grating
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 500 g fresh lasagne sheets
  • 4 x 120g higher-welfare skinless chicken breasts
  • olive oil
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Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Method

  1. Place the peas in a microwave-proof bowl and microwave on high (800W) for 3 minutes, stirring halfway.
  2. Peel the garlic and place in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt. Pick in most of the herb leaves and bash to a paste. Add the pine nuts, finely grate in the cheese and muddle in 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Drain and add the peas to the herby mixture, then roughly bash it all up. Squeeze in the lemon juice and season to taste.
  3. Use scissors (go for crinkle-cut scissors, if you have them) to cut the lasagne sheets into fun shapes, tearing up the offcuts, then put aside.
  4. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of greaseproof paper, then use a rolling pin or the base of a heavy pan to bash and flatten them out to around 1cm thick.
  5. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, fry the chicken for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden and cooked through, then remove to a plate to rest – you’ll need to work in batches.
  6. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender, then drain, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water. Carefully toss the pasta with the peasto, loosening with splashes of pasta water, if needed.
  7. Plate up the pasta, slice the chicken and arrange on top, and finish with the leftover herbs and an extra grating of cheese, if you like.

Tips

Veggie swap-in
Replace the smashed chicken with a poached egg or fried egg.

Jamie wholeheartedly believes that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child. Getting kids excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run. When cooking with kids, use your common sense to determine what jobs they can help you with, depending on their age and skill level. It’s always good to start small, with jobs such as mixing and measuring, then progress to elements of a recipe, then go on to slightly trickier techniques over time. The more they cook, the better they’ll get. Make sure you supervise them when using heat or sharp utensils like knives and box graters, and teach them about the importance of washing their hands before they start, and after handling raw meat and fish, as well as other basic hygiene rules. Most of all, have fun with it, and encourage them to give things a go.

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Recipe From

Let's Cook

By Buddy Oliver