Food Friday: Veg Patch Pasta
Veg patch pasta:
This recipe can use whatever you have growing in the veg patch and herb borders throughout the year, it’s really easy and ready in about 10 minutes. All the following quantities are really just a rough guide.
500g dried rigatoni pasta
1 small red onion, sliced
2 small yellow/green courgettes, chopped
6 purple french beans, chopped
1 small fresh bay leaf
2 fresh sage leaves, shredded
50ml cream/olorosso sherry
200ml single cream (or creme fraiche)
1 teaspoon dired garlic granules
a handful of rainbow chard roughly chopped
handful freshly grated grana padano or parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
fennel fronds and seed pods/pollen
chives and their flowers
runner bean flowers
1: Put your pasta into a saucepan of boiling salted water.
2: Pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a deep frying pan over a medium-high
heat and add the onions, courgettes, bay and thyme.
3: After a couple of minutes add the beans and sage and cook for a further 2 minutes then
add the sherry, cook until the alcohol has evaporated off (about 30 seconds) then add
the cream and garlic granules and bring back up a hot temperature.
4: Add your chard and season well, stirring just until it wilts then add your finely grated
5: Take about half a mug of the pasta cooking water and add to your frying pan to loosen
the sauce slightly then drain your pasta and add it to your sauce. Stir well, add the
courgette flowers and any soft herbs such as basil/parsley/chives then divide between
plates, garnish with your fennel and any edible flowers and finish with a final grating of
cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil