Just because it's healthy, does mean it looks it! In this simple pasta dish we use basic pesto ingredients with less oil and saturated fat but with the same flavour. Switch regular pasta with wholemeal to boost its fibre content and serve it with an accompanying green salad. It's a meal for the girls. Grab your girlfriends, set the table outside and whip it together in minutes. Who wants to spend hours indoors cooking with so much news to catch up on outside!
Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil to hot. Add the garlic and chilli and cook until the garlic is golden.
Add the lemon zest, basil and figs and cook gently for 3 - 4 minutes.
Drain the pasta and gently toss through the figs and basil mixture. Top with pine nuts and parmesan shavings and season with black pepper.
Serve with a green salad and vinaigrette dressing.
Note: For a speedy way to roast pinenuts, stir them continuously over a medium heat in a dry frying pan taking care not to let them burn.
Makes 4 servings
|Prep Time:||10 mins|
|Cooking Time:||20 mins|
|Ready in:||30 mins|
|Nutritional Information - Per Serve|
|Saturated Fat||5.7 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||44.5 g|
|Total Protein||15.6 g|
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