One for the veggies. Also, convert that friend who looks down on the spirulizer with this dish. The fresh homemade pesto is mind blowing.
Cooking courgetti. Courgettes are full of water, which is why they take so long to cook. You want them to reduce down, so be patient.
Making your own pesto – its so easy. Just parmesan, nuts, basil, mint, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. You won’t want to buy the potted stuff again.
If you don't have a spirulizer, don't worry! Just chop your courgette into very thin strips and cook the same way!
Cooking Time (includes preparation time): 40 Minutes
1 Bag of Grated Parmesan - £1.30
1 Bunch of Mint - £0.70
1 Bunch of Basil - £0.70
3 Cloves of Garlic - £0.30
A Bag of Pine Nuts - £2.80
8 Courgettes - £3.02
1 Bag of Frozen Peas - £0.67
Total Cost - £9.49 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find out which shops you can buy all of the ingredients from for under £10.
2. Fry 3 chopped cloves of garlic in a deep-set pan. Then add the courgetti and cook until the water has evaporated, around 25 minutes.
3. While that is cooking, chop your mint and basil together, and toast your pine nuts in a separate frying pan, without any oil. They burn quickly so keep moving them about and keep an eye on them – we want them golden, not black.
4. Take courgetti off the heat. Put into a serving bowl. Add large amount of pepper and salt. Add the frozen peas, the herbs, pine nuts and finally the grated parmesan. Mix together. Scatter remaining parmesan over the top, along with a good drizzle of olive oil.
Shops where this is available for under £10: