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Pesto Pasta Perfection!

By on 25th February 2019

I have been busy working with Brita Ireland, to come up with some simple health orientated recipes. We are running a ‘Monday Meal Plan’ for the next 10 weeks with 10 delish recipes to kick start your 2019 in the easiest and healthiest of ways.

Pesto pasta is an absolute classic and one of my favorites! Traditionally, pesto pasta consists very simply of well pesto and pasta and some of the more adventurous cooks might add olives, tomato, mozzarella or salad leafs. Here you’ll find a pesto pasta that brings it up a notch with some smoky bacon and a whole load of veggies combined into a quick yet delicious sauce that wraps around the pasta! Yum…

AuthorBellaDifficultyBeginner

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time30 mins
 150 g wholegrain brown rice or spelt pasta
 1 tsp olive oil
 3 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, sliced
 150 g chestnut or button mushrooms
 ½ medium size red pepper
 ½ head of broccoli
 2 tbsp heaped, tomato puree
 ¼ tsp smoked paprika
 ¼ tsp black pepper
 3 tbsp heaped basil pesto
 50 g rocket
 Keep about half a cup of pasta cooking water
1

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per packet instructions. When you are draining out the pasta make sure to keep about half a cup of the starchy cooking water as this will thin out the sauce.

2

Place a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil and the smoked bacon. Fry until the bacon starts to brown.

3

Meanwhile, chop the mushrooms and red pepper. Finely chop the broccoli florets and discard the stalks. Add all the vegetables to the bacon and fry until softened.

4

Make a hole in the center of the pan and add in the tomato puree and smoked paprika. Cook out the rawness of the tomato puree and get the smoked paprika toasty by smooshing it against the pan for a minute or so.

5

Add in the pesto, black pepper and starchy pasta cooking water. Give everything a good stir and taste for seasoning.

6

Mix the pasta with the rocket and divide between two plates. Pour the pesto-y bacon and vegetable sauce on top and eat straight away!

Ingredients

 150 g wholegrain brown rice or spelt pasta
 1 tsp olive oil
 3 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, sliced
 150 g chestnut or button mushrooms
 ½ medium size red pepper
 ½ head of broccoli
 2 tbsp heaped, tomato puree
 ¼ tsp smoked paprika
 ¼ tsp black pepper
 3 tbsp heaped basil pesto
 50 g rocket
 Keep about half a cup of pasta cooking water

Directions

1

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per packet instructions. When you are draining out the pasta make sure to keep about half a cup of the starchy cooking water as this will thin out the sauce.

2

Place a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil and the smoked bacon. Fry until the bacon starts to brown.

3

Meanwhile, chop the mushrooms and red pepper. Finely chop the broccoli florets and discard the stalks. Add all the vegetables to the bacon and fry until softened.

4

Make a hole in the center of the pan and add in the tomato puree and smoked paprika. Cook out the rawness of the tomato puree and get the smoked paprika toasty by smooshing it against the pan for a minute or so.

5

Add in the pesto, black pepper and starchy pasta cooking water. Give everything a good stir and taste for seasoning.

6

Mix the pasta with the rocket and divide between two plates. Pour the pesto-y bacon and vegetable sauce on top and eat straight away!

Pesto Pasta Perfection!

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Bella
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Hi I’m Bella and I am stone cracked about all things food! My love for the stuff started from a young age. When I’m not eating food I’m thinking about it or talking about it or traveling to random places to get a taste of the best that’s out there… An addiction, I admit. But to be fair, it’s not the worst addiction to have, merely the tastiest I reckon!

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