Marks and Spencer Copycat Spinach, Pesto and Pine Nut Pasta
This Marks and Spencer Copycat Spinach, Pesto and Pine Nut Pasta reminds me of a time when i was was young and care free.
In those days I used to work for a company, in their human resources department. It was the most fast paced, high pressured environment i have ever worked in but I learnt a heck of a lot in a short space of time. I know that i wouldn’t have learnt as much, if it wasn’t as crazy as it was.
I loved that job. Amongst all the pressure, we laughed a lot too. I mean that undignified belly laughing where someone inevitably lets out a snort. Anyway the point being that when it came to lunch time, i preferred to be out of the office so i could breathe for a little while. Most days, we would go to Tesco because it was round the corner but some days we would go into town, where just before we left, I would run into M&S and grab a spinach and pine nut pasta and a lemon drink. I enjoyed both in equal measures. The spinach and pine nut pasta was subtle in flavour and the pine nuts gave it some texture. The lemon drink was tangy, sweet and refreshing. Together they worked in perfect harmony.
This is my attempt to recreate that pasta. When i eat it, i can’t help but think about employment tribunals and absence though.
You can use any pasta here. I used Penne. M&S used Farfalle. Both work well. One thing i will say is if you choose to toast the pine nuts, keep a close eye on them and do it very lightly. I sometimes add a poached egg over the top..trying not to dribble right now.
If you are stressing about what to make for dinner tonight then this is the perfect recipe. It is quick and easy and one of my favourite meals. It is the kind of recipe I make when I want plain, simple,good food.
I realised yesterday that i am still trying to work out what direction I want to go with this blog. I am wildly swinging between making creamy cheesy casseroles and Miso vegetables at the moment. In what has become a really busy period in my life, i can’t seem to decide what i want to eat! Some days i’m eating sweet potato and kale chips and other days i’m biting into more cheese. To be honest, it isn’t so much the blog that is causing the confusion. It is all the reading i am doing. I think i will get to a point where knowing what to eat becomes as familiar as the hoodie that i can’t seem to take off these days.
- 2 cups basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic peeled
- 60 g pine nuts
- 30 g parmesan (optional)
- 150ml olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 225g uncooked Pasta
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 tbsp butter
- Handful spinach leaves
- 30 g pine nuts
- 30 g parmesan shredded
- Add the pasta to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook till al dente (or however you like it). Drain the pasta, set aside and toss with some olive oil.
- Combine all the ingredients for the pesto and whizz in a blender till combined.
- In a dry, small non stick pan add the pine nuts and toast very lightly over a low heat. (About 1 minute)
- In the same pot you boiled the pasta in, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add in the pasta, season well and toss through.
- Pour the pesto over the top and mix through the pasta. Remove from the heat.
- Add the spinach leaves, toasted pine nuts and parmesan on top.