Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

Ruth of Once Upon a Feast, the inventor of this event, celebrates the BIG 100 Presto Pasta Nights, which started in March 2007 .

Ruth asks for our favourite pasta dish, but there is no favourite because „Pasta geht immer“. That means any kind of pasta dish is a favourite dish for my boys. I was a bit lazy submitting my pasta dishes to PPN, but I won’t miss the 100th edition.

This week I served a a brilliantly tasty, cheap lunch that’s on the table in under half an hour, great for working mums.

Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

I doubled the recipe and both boys had a second helping.

-========= REZKONV-Recipe – RezkonvSuite v1.4
Title: Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto
Categories: Pasta
Yield: 2 Servings


175 grams   Spaghetti, 6 oz
140 grams   Frozen peas , 5 oz
1 tablesp.   Olive oil
2 large   Trimmed leeks, thinly sliced, about 250 g, 9 oz
1 tablesp.   Basil pesto
      Parmesan, freshly grated


  Good Food Magazine, March 2009, p. 44
  Edited *RK* 02/09/2009 by
  Ulrike Westphal


1. Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 2 mins. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the leeks, then gently cook for about 5 mins until softened. Stir in the pesto and 3 tbsp of the pasta cooking water, then simmer for a few mins.

2. Drain the pasta and peas, then add to the frying pan, tossing everything together. Divide between 2 warm bowls and sprinkle with a little grated Parmesan, if using.

:Easily doubled
:PREP 10 mins
:COOK 12-15 mins
:High in fibre, good source of folic acid and vitamin C
:counts as 2 of 5-a-day, low fat

:PER SERVING 447 kcals, protein 18g, carbs 75g, fat 10g, sat fat 2g, fibre 9g, sugar 8g, salt 0.11 g


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5 thoughts on “Spaghetti with leeks, peas & pesto

  1. Ruth (Gast)

    What a wonderful dish for the big Presto Pasta Night Party. Thanks for sharing and thanks for being such a great part of PPN – it’s always wonderful when you share your dishes with the rest of us.

  2. Larissa at

    Ein schönes, schnelles Gericht, wie ich es mag ! Schöne Idee ! Heute gibt es bei mir auch Pasta . Freu mich schon drauf.


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