Pasta Pesto with Vegetables

Recipe courtesy of "Superfoods: Nutrient-Dense Foods to Protect Your Health" by Michael van Straten and Barbara Griggs, copyright 2006. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Pasta Pesto with Vegetables

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    Ingredients

    1 tsp salt 2 oz (60 g) courgettes, cleaned and diced
    10 oz (300 g) spaghetti 2-3 tbs pesto sauce
    2 oz (60 g) French beans, cleaned and finely chopped a few fresh basil leaves
    2 oz (60 g) new potatoes, peeled and finely diced Parmesan cheese, grated

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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      To prepare the sauce, you can use ready-made pesto, available in jars.

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      Heat a large pan of water. When it boils, add the salt, and plunge in the spaghetti and the vegetables. By the time the pasta is cooked al dente (just tender), the vegetables should also be just tender. Just before you drain the spaghetti, take a tablespoon of the cooking water and stir it into the pesto. Drain the pasta and vegetables, and quickly transfer them to a hot dish. Stir in the pesto and toss. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve. Have a little grated Parmesan cheese ready for those who want it.

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