Mac’ N’ Peas
Serves: 4 Prep Time: 10 Minutes, Cooking Time: 30 MINS
- 350g macaroni
- 300g frozen peas, defrosted (200g for pesto, 100g to stir in)
- 1 garlic clove
- 50g basil leaves
- 15g mint leaves
- 30g toasted pine nuts
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 100g mascarpone
- 50g Parmesan cheese (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra to scatter
- 25g unsalted butter
- 25g plain flour
- 400ml vegetable stock
- 75g mozzarella, grated
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°CF/Gas 6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 10 minutes until not quite cooked. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a small food processor, blitz 200g peas with the garlic, basil, mint, pine nuts, the mascarpone and Parmesan. Loosen it up with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Melt the butter in a pan, gradually add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, then gradually add the vegetable stock until you have a smooth, thick sauce. Add the pesto and stir until smooth. Season to taste.
Stir the sauce through the pasta, add peas and tip into an ovenproof dish. Scatter with the rest of the Parmesan and the grated mozzarella and bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbling and golden.