Easy wholewheat spaghetti with rocket and goat’s cheese pesto

Easy wholewheat spaghetti with rocket and goat’s cheese pesto
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on 15-20 min

When it comes to pesto, the possibilities are endless – swap the classic recipe for one using walnuts, rocket and goat’s cheese and serve with spaghetti for a budget friendly midweek meal.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
643kcals
Fat
33.8g (8.1g saturated)
Protein
20.9g
Carbohydrates
58g (4.1g sugars)
Fibre
11.6g
Salt
0.4g
Calories
643kcals
Fat
33.8g (8.1g saturated)
Protein
20.9g
Carbohydrates
58g (4.1g sugars)
Fibre
11.6g
Salt
0.4g

Ingredients

  • 350g wholewheat spaghetti
  • 140g rocket
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 60g walnuts, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan
  • Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 40g soft goat’s cheese plus 60g to serve (we used Chavroux)
  • 80ml olive oil
  • Chilli flakes to serve

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes until al dente, or according to the packet instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, whizz the rocket, garlic, walnuts, lemon juice, 40g goat’s cheese and some salt and pepper to a rough paste in a small processor, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil with the motor running. (Or pound to a paste in a large pestle and mortar, then stir in the oil).
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 2 tbsp of the pasta water. Tip the pasta back into the pan and toss in the pesto, lemon zest and reserved cooking water. Serve topped with dollops of the remaining goat’s cheese and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

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