Vegetarian Cuisine: Asparagus, Chilli & Feta Farfalle Pasta

Serves 2 | Prep 5 minutes | cooking 15 minutes Ingredients:  200g farfalle pasta  2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves   1 red chilli  250g asparagus heads 1 lemon Handful of basil leaves or dried basil 30g pine nuts  50g feta cheese Pinch of salt METHOD: Prepare your ingredients. Finely chop your 2 garlic… Read more »

by EmilyAinger 2 years ago

Serves 2 | Prep 5 minutes | cooking 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 200g farfalle pasta 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves  

  • 1 red chilli 

  • 250g asparagus heads

  • 1 lemon

  • Handful of basil leaves or dried basil

  • 30g pine nuts 

  • 50g feta cheese

  • Pinch of salt

METHOD:

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Finely chop your 2 garlic cloves and chilli (try and take out all the seeds unless you like it hot!). Cut the woody ends off the asparagus and roughly chop them into small pieces. Zest and juice the lemon and crumble all your feta cheese into another bowl, to be added later.

  2. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Tip the pasta in and then leave to simmer for 1 minute less than on the packet (this make it less starchy and you’ll feel less bloated).

  3. Meanwhile heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in the garlic, chilli and a pinch of salt and fry for 1 minute.

  4. Add the asparagus and lemon zest to your garlic and chilli and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the asparagus is tender. 

  5. Drain the pasta and tip into the asparagus pan. Add the lemon juice, stir through the basil.

  6. Serve with the crumbled feta and pine nuts on top. 

I’ve been a vegetarian for 1 year and a half now and I love this meal, it’s fast, budget friendly and really fills you up. It’s got easy to find fresh ingredients in which are really great for you and helps you get your daily protein from the pine nuts which can be a struggle for all veggies. I’ve cooked this dish a few times for me or my family and every time it’s been a hit, and we have a few huge meat lovers in my house! I hope you enjoy this great dish and add your own touches too.

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food.