This Easy One-Pot Dinner Takes Less Than 20 Minutes
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This Easy One-Pot Dinner Takes Less Than 20 Minutes

How did we ever survive without pesto? On pizzas, in a tomato and mozzarella salad and of course mixed into pasta, it’s a sauce that packs a punch like no other. For this one-pot meal, we’re also adding mascarpone, asparagus and smoked salmon to give this pesto/spaghetti dish a luxurious feel. An amazing 20-minute meal, made in one pan — who could ask for anything more! Just make sure you save some leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch :)



Ingredients:

Serves 3-4

– 7 ounces spaghetti

– 4 ounces fine asparagus (the thinner asparagus), woody ends removed

– ½ cup frozen petit pois

– 6 Tablespoons pesto

– 3 Tablespoons mascarpone

– 3.5 ounces smoked salmon

– 2 cups watercress

– large pinch black pepper

To Serve:

– zest of 1 lemon

– 1/4 cup grated parmesan

– large pinch black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water and cook for 1 minute less than the package instructions.
  2. Add the asparagus for the last 3 minutes and the peas for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain the spaghetti, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water. Place spaghetti, asparagus and peas back in the pan over low heat.
  3. Stir through the pesto, mascarpone and 1-2 tablespoons of cooking water (just enough to ensure the sauce sticks to all of the pasta). Add the smoked salmon and place a lid on the pan to allow the salmon to heat through — about 1 minute.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir through the watercress and black pepper.
  5. Divide between two plates and serve topped with lemon zest, parmesan and black pepper.

Place the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water and cook for 1 minute less than the package instructions. No mushy pasta around here!

Add the asparagus for the last 3 minutes and the peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain the spaghetti, reserving 3 tablespoons of cooking water. Place the spaghetti, asparagus and peas back in the pan over low heat.

Yum! This meal is looking delectable so far. Add your pesto, mascarpone and 1-2 tablespoons of cooking water, then stir with tongs. Add the smoked salmon and place a lid on the pan to allow the salmon to heat through — about 1 minute. Don’t leave it on the stove for too long. You don’t want that salmon to cook!

Turn off the heat and stir through the watercress and black pepper, then divide between two plates and serve topped with lemon zest, parmesan and black pepper.

The best part about this quick and easy meal is that you can cool, cover and refrigerate any leftovers. Reheat in the microwave until piping hot (add a little extra fresh watercress and squirt of lemon juice), and your co-workers will be so jelly of your gourmet lunch.

Make this for your family on a busy night or for your guests (they’ll never know how little time you spent in the kitchen).

What’s your favorite pesto dish? Let us know in the comments below.