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Pesto Pasta Salad

500g fusilli pasta                                         pesto pasta salad

For the pesto:

1-1/2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup fresh, finely grated Parmesan cheese

3 tbsp red- or white-wine vinegar

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

pinch salt

freshly ground black pepper

Salad ingredients:

Choose things like chopped cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, feta, black olives, pine nuts.

  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions, drain and allow to cool.
  2. Put the pesto ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When the pasta is cool, add your choice of salad ingredients.
  4. Pour pesto over the salad and toss the salad well.

Red Lentil, Chickpea and Chilli Soup


Red Lentil, Chickpea and Chilli Soup

2 tsp. cumin seeds

large pinch chilli flakes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 red onion chopped

140g red split lentils

850ml stock

400g can tomatoes

200 can chick peas

small bunch coriander

4 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Dry fry cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 minute.

Add oil and onion and cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in lentils, stock and tomatoes, bring to boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.

Whizz in food processor until it is a rough puree.

Pour back into pan and add chickpeas.

Heat gently, season well and stir in coriander.

Serve with a dollop of yoghurt and coriander leaves.