Penne with Spinach Sauce & Watermelon

Hello associates, hope you’ve had an important summer season. We took a bit of break from running a blog as we’ve been in Copenhagen and Barcelona. However we’re again now with an important little dinner recipe. It’s a model of one thing we’ve been consuming all summer season. Because it has been record-breaking scorching in Europe, pairing lukewarm buckwheat penne with juicy and crunchy watermelon has been feeling so proper so usually. Satisfying, easy and soothing. Our youngsters love this buckwheat penne in order that additionally performs a component why it’s been on repeat. In truth, our little Noah (quickly two years previous!) begins crying if we serve him spaghetti or another pasta: “Noooooh, [I want] my pasta“.

On this model we’re dressing (nearly drenching) the pasta in a herby spinach, herb and almond milk sauce that’s impressed by one thing we noticed in Deliciously Ella’s feed some time again. We then stir within the chickpeas and high all the pieces with watermelon, feta cheese, almonds and heirloom tomatoes. It’s a fairly superior dinner that may come collectively in 15 minutes in case you are fast with the knife and good at multitasking.

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There are many methods to spin this.
• If you happen to can not discover buckwheat penne you may in fact use common or complete wheat penne.
• Vegans can simply skip the cheese (and maybe add in a bit of dietary yeast for further flavour).
• Recent or roasted corn may very well be an important addition when they’re in season.
• You may swap basil and mint for cilantro and parsley for a extra Center Japanese take.
• If you’re allergic to nuts, use oat milk or common milk and swap the almonds for toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
• For a wintery model of this, you may add in roasted broccoli and pomegranate seeds as an alternative of watermelon.

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Buckwheat Penne with Creamy Spinach Sauce & Watermelon
Serves four

Buckwheat pasta penne for four individuals (approx 400 g /14 oz)

Creamy Spinach Sauce
1 onion

2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp olive oil
125 g / three packed cups contemporary spinach
400 ml / 1 1/2  cups almond milk
a good handful every of contemporary basil and mint
1-2 tsp maple syrup
1 small lemon, juice
a big pinch sea salt & pepper

To Serve
1 x 400 g / 14 oztin cooked chickpeas
1/2 watermelon
1 avocado
10 heirloom cherry tomatoes
15 toasted almonds
10 contemporary mint
100 g feta cheese

Boil salted water in a big saucepan, add the pasta and cook dinner in accordance with the directions on the bundle. In the meantime put together the sauce.

Peel and chop onion and garlic. Warmth olive oil in a saucepan. Sauté onions and garlic on medium excessive warmth till translucent and lightweight brown. Then decrease the warmth, add spinach and let it wilt down, pour in almond milk and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the remaining elements, take it off the warmth and use a stick (immersion) blender to combine it clean. Style to verify that the flavours are balanced. You may add extra lemon juice, herbs, salt or maple syrup for those who want.

When the pasta is prepared, drain the water in a sieve, give it a fast rinse and switch the pasta again to the saucepan together with a splash of olive oil. Pour the spinach sauce over the cooked pasta and stir to mix.

Drain the chickpeas and minimize the avocado into cubes and add them to the creamy pasta. Minimize the watermelon into cubes, divide the tomatoes in halves, chop almonds and mint and crumble the feta cheese. Organize all these elements on high of the creamy pasta penne. Serve and dive in!

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