Asparagus pasta with mint pesto

A simple solution to dinner made with simple ingredients. Asparagus is at its best around May

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 507
  • fat 13g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 7g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 79g
  • salt 0.43g

Ingredients

  • large bunch mint (about 80g), leaves stripped
  • 250g tub ricotta
  • 25g parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 400g farfalle (pasta bows)
  • 200g asparagus tips

Tip

Tip - Mint
Freshly cut mint blackens quickly so this pesto is best made at the last minute to keep its vibrant colour.Make it into risotto
ASPARAGUS & MINT RISOTTO: Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large frying pan and stir in 250g risotto rice. Add 1 litre hot vegetable stock, a ladleful at a time, to bubble with the rice until it is tender. Drop in the asparagus, then cook for 2-3 mins. Stir in the mint pesto to serve.

Method

  1. In a food processor, briefly whizz the mint leaves, ricotta and grated Parmesan until you have a smooth green pesto. Season well.

  2. Boil the pasta, dropping in the asparagus tips 2-3 mins before the cooking time is up. When you drain the pasta, keep back a few tbsp of the water, then return the pasta, asparagus and water to the saucepan.

  3. Quickly stir in the mint pesto, divide between 4 plates, then shave over the remaining Parmesan to serve.