Homemade Pea Shoot Pesto with Butter Fried Gnocchi
A delicious 15 minute meal using a homemade pea shoot pesto which is naturally vegan, paired with butter fried gnocchi. If you want a really simple meal for after work or a picnic, this pesto recipe is great to have up your sleeve. You can pair it with pasta or gnocchi, depending on what you have in your cupboards.
What’s in the recipe?
Pea Shoots- This is the main ingredient, it’s a delicious sweet and fresh tasting salad leaf. If you don’t have pea shoots you could replace it with watercress, rocket or spinach. All have a delicious peppery and fresh flavour.
Pine Nuts- These offer a delicious nutty and rich flavour to work with the greens, but can be swapped out for almonds or walnuts. If you want an even richer flavour, toast the pine nuts until slightly brown.
Gnocchi- I find with gnocchi if you bring it to boil for 2 minutes, drain the water then add to a frying pan with oil or vegan butter it gives the best results.
Butter- I find using vegan flora block is great, be generous with the amount to use with the gnocchi and fry on a medium heat until slightly brown on each side.
Nutritional Yeast- Now if you’re a hardy vegan you’ll have this in your cupboard, but if you’re not, it’s a flake that gives a slightly nutty and cheesy flavour. If you’re not vegan use a hard cheese such as parmesan or a vegan version of the same cheese.
Pea Shoot Pesto & Buttered Gnocchi
Vegan buttered gnocchi with a homemade pea shoot pesto which is really simple, easy and quick to make. The flavour of fresh garden peas really comes through this dish which works beautifully with the buttery toasted gnocchi.
Peat Shoot Pesto
- 70 g pea shoots
- 1 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup olive oul
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
For the Gnocchi
- 500 g gnocchi
- Pine nuts to top
- 150 g asparagus
Pop the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 2 minutes until the gnocchi floats to the top
In the meantime add all of the pesto ingredients to a food processor and blitz
Drain the boiling water then add the gnocchi to a frying pan and fry for a few minutes before adding the pesto along with the asparagus and pine nuts and continue to fry until crispy on the bottom
Serve in a bowl with a few sprigs of fresh pea shoots and enjoy!
you can swap pea shoots for watercress or rocket or spinach!
Swap pine nuts for walnut or toasted almonds
Don’t have nutritional yeast? Don’t worry, it just adds a nutty cheesy flavour but isn’t essential
Don’t have gnocchi? Just use some cooked pasta instead!
Simple 15 Minute Garlic Pasta Recipe
Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients you can create this at home. You will need garlic, tomatoes, pasta and tenderstem and seasoning to make this.
What’s in the recipe?
Garlic- I’ve opted for about 3 large cloves, or if you’re using a much smaller garlic bulb go for around 4-5. The aim is to have a beautiful garlic flavour so don’t be afraid to go heavy!
Pasta- I chose rigatone pasta for this recipe as I love the way the filling seeps into the tube and gives a pop of flavour with every bite. You can use any pasta you have to hand, this will work!
Tomatoes- I find fresh tomatoes work a lot better with this recipe. It’s pretty versatile for whichever kind of tomatoes you have but I love using smaller tomatoes such as cherry, piccolino or roma.
Seasoning- I’ve used marjoram, parsley and thyme for this recipe. Marjoram has a gorgeous spice to it, perfect in recipes such as this. It’s not as strong as chilli but gives a slight punch. If you don’t have marjoram substitute for 1/2 tsp oregano.
Tips and Tricks
Pasta Water- Save some of the pasta water, usually a good ladle full (between 100-200ml) to mix in with the tomatoes. It’ll help create a delicious silky smooth texture to coat all of the pasta.
Season heavily- The trick to good pasta is heavily seasoning the pot of boiling water, seasoning whilst cooking and just before serving. Pasta also loves cracked black pepper so be generous with that too!
Thicker sauce? If you like loads of sauce to your pasta, double up the tomatoes to 600g.
15 Minute Easy Garlic Pasta
Vegan friendly and easy to make, this 15 minute garlic pasta recipe is perfect for mid week cooking. If you just have a few key ingredients in the house, give this plant based recipe a try. Full of flavour with 10 main ingredients, it's perfect for batch cooking
- 130 g pasta
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 7 Tenderstem
- 300 g tomatoes
- 2 tsp tomato purée
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp marjoram
- 1 tsp Parsley
- 1 tsp thyme
- 100 ml pasta water
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- 1 tbsp pine nuts optional
Start by frying the chopped garlic cloves in olive oil for 2 mins
Add the roughly chopped tomatoes and seasoning and leave to fry
Meanwhile whack a seasoned pot of water on to boil and add the dried pasta, after about 8 mins add the roughly chopped Tenderstem
Mash the tomatoes into the garlic and add the tomato purée, mix together
Once the pasta is aldente, drain (leaving a good ladle full of pasta water) and add to the pan of tomatoes and garlic
Stir together, taste and season generously with salt & pepper again
Top with nutritional yeast and pine nuts if you’re feeling fancy, otherwise ENJOY!
Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowl Recipe
This easy crispy tofu noodle recipe has become a weekly favourite in our home because it’s minimal effort and takes 15 minutes to cook. The peanut sauce can be doubled up if you want to add sauce to the noodles but also works as a marinade. Gone are the days of soggy and crumbly tofu, these tips will help get your tofu crispy.
Useful Tips To Get Crispy Tofu
High heat- The best tip to share is to make sure you have a frying pan or a griddle pan on a high heat using a splash of sesame or peanut oil to help fry. If you have a non stick frying pan even better!
Drain the tofu- Drain the tofu from excess liquid and using a tea towel, muslin cloth or paper towel to soak up the liquid within the tofu. This will help when frying as otherwise it can sit in a puddle of water which adds cooking time.
Marinade the tofu – If you have a little time or you know you want to have this for tea, simply chop the tofu earlier in the day, whisk the sauce ingredients together and allow to marinade the tofu for 30 minutes or even overnight. This really helps the tofu become infused with all of the peanut and chilli flavours from the sauce. If you don’t have time to marinade, don’t worry! Just make sure you have a good non stick pan to help when frying the tofu.
Apply some pressure – By covering the tofu with the grease proof paper or tin foil then adding another frying pan over the top and pressing will work. This adds pressure and traps the heat for the tofu frying. If you apply pressure for around 3 minutes then flip the tofu to fry on the other side.
Firm Pressed Tofu– using firm tofu will work slightly better with this dish as it will hold it’s shape better when frying.
Peanut Butter- Using a smooth, runny and oily peanut butter will really help this dish come together beautifully. If you want to sub out the coconut oil, just double up the peanut butter portion.
Coconut Milk- This helps create a thick creamy sauce to marinate the tofu, however please feel free to substitute this ingredient out if you’d prefer!
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Crispy Peanut Tofu Noodle Bowl
15 minute recipe using a peanut and coconut sauce to marinade the tofu with tips on how to get crispy tofu every time.
- 1 block of firm tofu I used cauldron organic firm tofu
- 150 g dried rice noodles They usually come in dried nests of 1 person serving, so use 2 if so
- 2 stalks Cavolo Nero collared greens or kale will work
For the peanut dressing
- 2 tbsp peanut butter smooth and oily texture
- 100 ml full fat coconut cream
- 1/2 lime squeezed for the juice
- 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3/4 spring onions to garnish
- 1 tbsp chilli infused oil to drizzle over the noodles
Drain the tofu then chop into 2cm cubes
For the peanut dressing, whisk all of those ingredients together then cover the tofu and set aside for around 20 minutes (don't worry if you don't have time to let it marinade, just coat and use a good non -stick pan to help it fry in all of those delicious flavours)
Place a frying pan on a high heat with the sesame oil and fry for around 5 minutes on each side
Chop the greens and add to the pan with the tofu to fry (you can place a lid on top to sauté if preferred)
Place the rice noodles in a bowl and cover in boiling water and set aside
Drain the water from the noodles then add to the pan with the tofu, then plate up!
Serve with chopped spring onions, a generous drizzle of chilli oil and a slice of fresh lime