Pasta Primavera

Serves four


200g farfalle pasta

2tsp olive oil

100g broccoli florets

100g asparagus, chopped

100g peas

5 small courgettes, julienned

80ml cream

30g Parmesan Cheese

1 clove garlic

Chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

1. Fill a large pan with water and add a little salt before placing the pan on a high heat and brining the water to the boil.

2. Add your farfalle pasta to the pan of water. The length of time you cook your pasta will vary depending on the instructions on the packet you are using if you have bought ready-made pasta, or for the time specified in the recipe if you have made the pasta yourself. Usually it is around eight minutes.

3. Chop the asparagus into short stems, roughly 3 to 4cm in length.

4. Julienne your courgettes by chopping off both ends and cutting them in half before cutting the courgettes into thin strips.

5. Set the asparagus and the courgettes aside with your broccoli florets and the peas.

6. When your pasta is approaching being half-cooked (with roughly five minutes to go), take a sauté pan and heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Place the pan on a medium heat until the olive oil is hot, and then add your asparagus, broccoli and peas.

7. Chop your clove of garlic by squashing it with the flat side of the knife, pressing down on it with your hand until you feel it crack. Peel the skin from the garlic with your hands before chopping it horizontally and then vertically until it is in very small pieces. Add to the pan.

8. Sauté the vegetables to a point where they are still crisp, and still bright green in colour. Add salt and pepper to the pan to taste.

9. This should time well with your pasta, which should be ready now. Drain the pasta.

10. Add the cream to the pan with the vegetables and stir well.

11. Add the Parmesan cheese and then stir again, making sure the vegetables are evenly coated.

12. Throw the drained pasta into the pan and toss to make sure each piece is evenly coated.

13. Add the chopped parsley and stir/toss the pasta one final time.

14. Serve immediately, adding extra Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste if required.