Vegan pesto spaghetti with lemon and courgettes

Vegan pesto spaghetti with lemon and courgettes
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Hands-on time 10 min

Give vegan pesto spaghetti a summertime twist with lemon zest, broad beans and courgettes. This easy dinner for 2 is all made in one pan, does it get any better?!

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Nutrition: per serving

Calories
799kcals
Fat
47.5g (6.8g saturated)
Protein
17.5g
Carbohydrates
69.7g (9.5g sugars)
Fibre
11.5g
Salt
1.6g
Calories
799kcals
Fat
47.5g (6.8g saturated)
Protein
17.5g
Carbohydrates
69.7g (9.5g sugars)
Fibre
11.5g
Salt
1.6g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 medium courgette, thinly sliced
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 150g spaghetti
  • 50g broad beans, podded
  • 50g runner beans, cut into 2-3cm pieces
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice of ½, the rest cut into wedges
  • 50g green olives
  • 130g vegan basil pesto – we used Saclà
  • Parmesan-style vegan cheese and basil leaves to serve (optional)

You’ll also need

  •  Medium saucepan or deep-sided sauté pan with a lid

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes until softening. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil to the pan, then stir in the courgette and fry for 5 minutes until the edges are charred and the courgette slices are lightly coloured.
  3. Pour in the stock, stirring to combine, then bring to a simmer and add the spaghetti, broad beans, runner beans and lemon wedges. Simmer on a medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender (al denté).
  4. Once the pasta has cooked and the stock has reduced, add the green olives and pesto, tossing everything together gently to combine. Serve with the lemon zest and juice, an extra drizzle of olive oil and, if you like, vegan parmesan and basil leaves.

delicious. tips

  1. Easy swaps: Make this gluten free by using gluten-free pasta and stock. Substitute any vegetables from the fridge or freezer that you need to use up.

    Scale it up: This recipe serves 2. Add extra veg to stretch it to 3, or double the recipe to serve 4.

Recipe By

Amanda James

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