Mushroom and Walnut Pasta with Sprouts Top Pesto

Time Preparing: 5 mins
Time Cooking:  15 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 120g Pasta
– 120g Mushrooms
– 1 Onion
– 100g Homemade Brussels Sprout Top Pesto
– 40g Walnuts
– 1tbsp Olive Oil
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning

Method:
1. Start by cooking the pasta as instructed on the packaging
2. Peel and chop the onion
3. On a medium heat, add the olive oil then once hot, the onion. Stir for a few mins until tender and browning
4. Add the sliced mushrooms, pasta and homemade pesto, stirring until completely covered
5. Serve with walnuts and seasoning

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Homemade Pesto Recipe – with Sprouts Tops

Pesto is undoubtedly a fantastic addition to pasta dishes, and goes well with white meat such as chicken. This delightful pesto recipe is made from Brussels Sprouts tops, but can easily be replaced with Kale, Rocket, Kalettes or Basil.

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking:  2 mins
Serves: 4+
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 200g Brussels Sprouts Tops
– 80g Parmesan Cheese (or vegan alternative)
– Juice from 1 Lemon
– 160ml Olive Oil
– Pine Nuts (optional)
– Handful of Basil
– Handful of Parsley

Method:
1. Discard the stems from the leaves, and chop leaves into rough pieces then wash thoroughly
Note: Keep the stems for another recipe such as soup!
2. Add the sprouts tops into boiling water for 2 mins, then dry on kitchen towel
3. Blend sprouts tops in a blender until they form a paste
4. Add the juice from the lemon, parmesan, herbs, and half of the olive oil. Blend until all ingredients are mixed together
5. Depending on the texture desired, add more olive oil a little at a time, blending in between

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Pesto Courgetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes

When spiralized vegetables became cool, it seemed like every veggie lover and their cats went and bought a spiralizer, often in an attempt to kid the kids they were having spaghetti. We absolutely love this pesto courgetti recipe which has quickly become a staple at TGH HQ. And the best thing about this recipe – we’ve worked out you don’t really need to invest in a sprializer to make this gorgeous courgetti. All you need is a really sharp nice and a little patience! It’s super easy to cater for the meat eater and the vegetarian at the same time – simply cook the chicken separately and add after. You can expect courgettes and onions in our veggie boxes throughout Summer.

Time Preparing:
 20 mins
Time Cooking: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 4 Courgettes
– 1 Chicken Breast (optional)
– 4tbsp Pesto
– 2 Onions
– Handful of Sun Dried Tomatoes
– Olive Oil
– Parmesan
– Black Pepper

Method

1. If using a spiralizer, work the courgettes through the machine. If you’re going at it with the knife, chop both ends of the courgettes and discard. Cut the courgette into manageable sections length ways, before cutting as finely as you can
2. Finely chop the onions – we find red onions compliment this dish perfectly, but white & green work nearly as well
3. If using chicken, cut the chicken breast into small chunks before frying on a high heat with the olive oil. Once cooked through and crispy on the outside, set to one side
4. On a medium heat, gently cook the chopped onions for around 5-8 minutes before adding your courgetti for a further 5 minutes
5. Add the pesto (either home made if you’ve got the time, or shop bought), ensuring the courgetti and onions are completely coated
6. Chop the sun dried tomatoes into small chunks and add to the mix
7. If using chicken, stir in the chicken before serving with parmesan and black pepper