Monday, 17 March 2014

15 Minute Meals - Recipe 2

It's a struggle to find the time to cook new recipes these days, let alone blog! But, cooking and writing are two of my favourite things so I do make the time for the them.  I'm not that special at either, but you know what, that's not going to stop me! So, here's my 15 minute meal number 2 - an idea inspired by a Sainsbury's recipe card and a cracking little dish for all the family. 

I say 15 minutes, but that's once you're familiar with doing it and then you've got to add 10/15 minutes cooking time on realistically. Still quick and easy though and if you want to eliminate the bacon to keep the calories down, the flavour will still be great.

Spaghetti tossed in a Pea & Mint Pesto

with spring onions, bacon and poached egg.

Serves 4What you need:

  • Food Processor
  • Saucepan for spaghetti
  • Frying pan

  • 300g spaghetti
  • 200g baby spinach (optional)
  • Pack of smoked back bacon
  • 5 spring onions
  • 300g frozen petit pois peas
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh mint
  • 40-50g  pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 40-50g of parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar (for the egg poaching)
  • 4 large 'happy' green range eggs

What to do:

Boil some water in your saucepan and get your spaghetti done. When draining, hold back 150ml of the water to use later. Toss your spinach, if you're using it, in the spaghetti so that it wilts.

Meanwhile, start frying your bacon and spring onions in either a little olive oil or butter (naughty, but nice!). 

Grab your food processor and throw in the garlic, peas, mint, pine nuts (toast them a little first to maximise the flavour) parmesan, pasta water and oil. Once blended, set aside in a bowl ready to use.

Now get some water boiling/turning in a pan for your poached eggs and add the wine vinegar. Gently crack in your eggs, two at a time and cook gently for 2 minutes. Repeat with the other two and place them on kitchen paper to absorb excess water if you need to. 

Now your bacon should be crispy and spring onions soft and gooey, so throw them in with your pasta and spinach, then gently turn the pea pesto in to the mix too, so that everything is nicely combined and ready for you to pop your perfectly poached egg on top of and serve.


1 comment:

  1. Isobel, years ago I had a friend who never made anything that took longer than 15 minutes. Her motto was, "I never take longer to make a meal than people will take to eat it."

    This 15-minute meal sounds delicious!