This recipe makes good use of one of our freezer favourites: frozen peas. Whizzed up with their cooking liquid, a bit of garlic and some cheese, they make a tasty sauce for pasta. Use any pasta shapes you like and feel free to add in any herbs if you have them - fresh basil would work well. It might look like something you’d serve up at Halloween but it really isn’t monstrous. This recipe should serve four, so adjust the quantities if feeding more/fewer people.
- 450g frozen peas
- 250g pasta shapes of your choice (reduce the quantity of pasta if you’re not serving many people)
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- Knob of butter
- 75g cheddar cheese, grated
- Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
- Handful of fresh herbs (optional)
1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, and while you’re cooking it, make the sauce.
2. For the sauce: Cook the frozen peas in a pan of water for a couple of minutes until defrosted, then drain but keep the cooking water to one side.
3. Heat a knob of butter in a small pan, and fry the sliced garlic until it’s softening (but don’t let it colour or burn).
4. In a blender, add the peas, 6 tablespoons of the cooking water, the garlic and grated cheese. Blend until it’s a smooth sauce, and add more water if it’s too dry. Season with salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.
5. Drain the pasta when it’s ready, then stir through the hot green sauce. Top with more grated cheese.
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