“This easy pasta sauce will cook in about the same time it takes to cook some dried pasta in boiling salted water – we’re talking about quick and easy options here. These amounts serve 2 but are easy to scale up or down. Remember you want about 75g of dried pasta per person – use whatever shape you’ve got. Or, I’ve given you a super-simple method for fresh pasta below, using just flour and water.
Sit a sieve in the pan of pasta as it cooks, add the peas and blanch for 2 minutes.
Peel the garlic and place in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt. Tear in the herb leaves and add the pine nuts.
Drain the peas and add them to the mix, then roughly bash it all up to whatever texture you like – I like to keep it chunky.
Finely grate in the Parmesan, and add about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil – enough to give you a spoonable consistency – then mix and season to perfection with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drain the pasta, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water. Toss with the pesto, loosening with some splashes of cooking water.
Transfer to plates, and finish with a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and an extra grating of Parmesan, if you like.
1. Use whatever nuts you’ve got – almonds would be delicious here, but feel free to experiment and make your own combos.
2. Parmesan cheese is classic but you can use whatever hard cheese you’ve got.