I don’t normally do meatless pastas at home but thought I would try making a simple vegetarian meal of angel hair pasta with crispy snow peas and crunchy pine nuts after getting inspiration from a vegetarian cooking magazine. The main flavouring agent would be the grated fresh parmesan cheese that gave the dish some sharpness. Overall, this pasta dish was more on the ‘plain’ side so it would make a good accompaniment to any other dishes that you might already be serving on the table i.e. as an alternative to rice, mashed potato and the like. Also if you’re a fan of basil, you can turn this into a basil pesto pasta dish by blending a handful of basil leaves with the pine nuts and olive oil and then toss the pasta with the basil mixture and parmesan cheese for a richer taste. Bon appetit!
Vegetarian Pasta Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2)
200g angel hair pasta
150g snow peas
60g roasted pine nuts
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + extra for sprinkling
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or more if you prefer)
1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, blanch the snow peas.
2. Transfer the pasta and snow peas to a mixing bowl and add the pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Toss till well combined.
3. Transfer onto serving plates and grate extra parmesan cheese over the pasta before serving.