Did someone say Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Pesto Pasta???
If you are like me, having green fingers is part of our family DNA. I’m not saying i’m overly good at it [ha ha – I make Dom to all the planting and dirty work] but I love the rewards and spending time outside in the garden with my family… including our cats who think our veggie garden is life!
So when I came across this, not only beautiful looking recipe, but also so simple, delicious and adding all the things you can grow in the garden or even the bits and bobs left over to make such a beautiful pesto – I was sold.
Plus if you love basil then you simply HAVE to plant a bush or two or three. The more you harvest from it [Simply pick the leaves constantly] the more it produces. Every time it goes to seed – which is when it sprouts flowers that almost resemble lavender, then you pull that off and it keeps giving you fabulous leaves to add to your meals. And lets be honest no pasta is complete without fresh basil.
>> Flowers mean the end of a crop and should be removed off your herbs to ensure they keep producing. It is called going to seed.
>> Flowers on fruit and veggies mean FRUIT and VEGGIES. So leave those and watch the magic happen
Gluten Free Pasta WIN
This green pea penne is the latest addition from the guys over at Happy Earth People and its fantastic. Not stodgy like a lot of gluten free options out there and adds so much flavour to your meal as well. Plus its gorgeous and green! But you can also buy their originals here too – Chickpea Pasta and their Red lentil Pasta
When I was yachting in my 20’s, my first roomie, Em, had this thing called the “crunch factor” and it was something she craved and needed with every meal. It stuck with me and I also LOVE a bit of crunch, and the crunch from these chickpeas is one that packs protein and flavour is an absolute all-round win in my books!
The Herby Pesto
- 250 g Green pea Penne * Happy Earth People
For the Crispy chickpeas
- Fry the chickpeas on high with a little oil until crispy
- Add the pasta to rapidly boiling, salted water. Always use a timer for best results. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente - depending on stove and preference.
- Blend all the pesto ingredients together until smooth and add to the cooked pasta
- Top with the crispy chickpeas and VOILA!