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Asparagus Tomato Pasta with Oregano Pesto

This Asparagus Tomato Pasta with Oregano Pesto is a delicious vegetarian meal idea. Super easy to make and bursting with flavour!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine International
Keyword asparagus, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Monika Dabrowski

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice enough for 4 cooked in salted water with 1 bay leaf (I used egg and spinach tagliatelle) - boil the pasta while the vegetables are in the oven
  • 300 g asparagus
  • 400 g cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil for drizzling

For the PESTO:

  • 25 g fresh oregano leaves only
  • 50 g hazelnuts lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup good vegetable oil or mild olive oil I used cold pressed rapeseed
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 30 g parmesan or similar, finely grated
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/ 200 C/ gas mark 6. You will need a large baking tray.
  • Halve the tomatoes and place open side up on a baking sheet in a single layer. Season and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven half way through roasting, add the asparagus (snap off and discard the woody ends first), spread in a single layer, season and drizzle with a little olive oil and pop back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • To make the Pesto, combine the oregano, hazelnuts, garlic, parmesan and rapeseed oil, season to taste and blend briefly to a slightly grainy consistency (make the pesto while the vegetables are in the oven, to save time). 
  • Combine the pasta with the vegetables, pour over a desired amount of the pesto and serve.

Notes

The pesto can be made ahead, stored in an air tight container and refrigerated (it will stay fresh for 2-3 days).

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg