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Lamb leg steaks with fresh pesto sauce  recipe

Lamb leg steaks with fresh pesto sauce recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 5mins to prepare, 5mins to cook
  • 500 calories / serving


  • 4 lean lamb leg steaks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • flaked sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 30g wild rocket leaves
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 25g pine nuts
  • 31g fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 2tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 15g parmesan cheese, finely grated
If you don't have these beans, you can use any tinned bean in water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    34g 49%
  • Saturates

    15g 75%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    0.1g <1%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 15.4g Protein 33.7g Fibre 6.7g


  1. To make the pesto, heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the pine nuts and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Remove the pan from the heat and tip the pine nuts onto a plate to cool.
  2. When cool, put the pine nuts, basil leaves and garlic clove in a small food processor or large pestle and mortar. Pulse or pound the ingredients until you have a fairly smooth sauce, gradually adding the extra virgin olive oil. Transfer the pesto to a small bowl and stir in the grated Parmesan and enough water to give a soft, spoonable consistency. Season the lamb leg steaks on both sides with a small pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Heat the oil in the frying pan used to toast the pine nuts. Add the lamb leg steaks and cook over a medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until nicely browned on the outside but slightly pink and juicy inside.
  3. While the steaks are cooking, make the salad. Toss the cannellini beans with the rocket, tomatoes, sliced red onion and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Serve the lamb topped with spoonfuls of the pesto and the beany salad. Stir the lemon juice into the warm pan juices and dribble over the lamb and salad just before serving.

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