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Speedy greens and pesto pasta recipe

Speedy greens and pesto pasta recipe

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Twirly fusilli and courgette ribbons mean this quick pasta dish goes down a treat. It’s easy to increase your protein levels without eating more meat – just add tasty soya beans. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 5 mins to cook
  • 590 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 350g frozen soya beans
  • 300g wholewheat fusilli
  • 375g pack broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tsp olive oil, plus 1.5 tbsp
  • 2 courgettes, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 tsp crushed chillies

For the pesto

  • 55g golden flaxseeds, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 30g pack fresh basil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
If you haven't got fusilli, try using penne or another short pasta

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 30%
  • Saturates

    3g 14%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    0.3g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 58.6g Protein 31.3g Fibre 21.9g


  1. Boil the beans for 6 mins. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon, reserving the water; set aside.
  2. Cook the fusilli to pack instructions in the reserved water, adding the broccoli for the last 4 mins. Drain, reserving 150ml cooking water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the courgettes and fry for 2-3 mins until softened and reduced. Stir in the fusilli, broccoli and 150g soya beans.
  4. Tip the toasted flaxseeds into a food processor with the remaining 200g cooked soya beans, the garlic, basil and lemon zest and juice; blitz to combine. With the motor running, add 2 tbsp olive oil and enough of the reserved pasta water to make a chunky but spoonable sauce. Season to taste. 5 Stir the pesto through the pasta and veg; scatter with crushed chillies.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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