‘Three P’ Salad

Pea Peso Pasta Salad
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Summer salads take on many forms, but some of the tastiest are brought to our table with pasta, pesto and peas.

Pasta pesto is, of course, a delicious treat all on its own (and so much more than just a student fave). However, this particular twist on the dish combines healthy veggies and a serving that won’t overstuff you.

It’s an Italian-inspired summery dish which will appeal to anyone who likes strong flavours and cheesy dishes.

Serves: 6

Preparation: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty Level: 2/5

What You’ll Need

  • Handful mint leaves (lightly packed)
  • 200g defrosted frozen peas
  • Handful basil leaves (lightly packed)
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 120ml olive oil
  • 100g broad beans, cooked
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • 450g pasta (any shape but we like penne or anything else which holds sauce)
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • 50g Parmesan cheese (grated), keep some more to serve with

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 559
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 66g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fibre: 5g
  • Protein: 16g



In a blender, mix half of peas with the mint, basil, pine nuts, cheddar cheese, a little salt and pepper and the garlic. Pour in the oil nice and slowly as it blends until pureed


Boil up a pot of water, salted, and add the pasta. Cook for around 10 minutes until it is al dente (or to your tastes)


Drain and either move the pasta to a big bowl or keep in pan to mix in pesto


Add in the pesto to the hot pasta and toss, making sure to steadily combine. Add in the remaining peas, most of the parmesan cheese and broad beans


Serve with extra parmesan on top

Tip 1
This can be served either hot or cold, depending on your meal
Tip 2
Feel free to add other vegetables - roasted peppers and cherry tomatoes work well. You can also use other cheeses, such as mozzarella or feta
Tip 3
We have suggested you make your own version of pesto, but the shop bought jars are a great easy alternative. Try red pepper pesto as a twist
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