Linguine with lamb mince, pesto and broccoli

I’ve been stuck in a food rut for a while now.  Whilst I do enjoy eating out, the limited choice of restaurants in our local area has left me feeling rather jaded.  A friend recommended this simple pasta recipe – one perfect for a mid-week, or at the end of a tiring day just as you are contemplating ordering a pizza.

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Serves: 2 adults (and one toddler)

Ingredients:

  • a pot of boiling water (2.5 litres)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (cut into thumb size)
  • dried linguine (enough for two persons)
  • 300g lamb mince, marinated in 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried thyme/oregano, salt and pepper for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes (add more/less or omit as preferred)
  • 3 tbsp green pesto ( I used ready made – quick dinner, remember)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • freshly grated parmesan

Method:

  1. Bring 2.5 litres to boil in a pot
  2. Blanch the broccoli for 2 to 3 minutes, then drain using a slotted spoon, reserving the liquid
  3. Place the linguine into the boiling water and leave to cook for 10-12 minutes (or as instructed on the pack)
  4. Whilst the pasta is cooking, heat a non-stick frying pan and brown the lamb mince for 2 to 3 minutes
  5. You may wish to drain some of the cooking fat/liquid from the mince (I did)
  6. Toss in the broccoli and the dried chilli and leave to cook for a minute
  7. Once the pasta is cooked, add 3 to 4 tbsp of the cooking water into the mince
  8. Add the pesto to the mince
  9. Drain the pasta and toss the linguine into the mince
  10. Season the pasta with salt and pepper to taste
  11. Add freshly grated parmesan before serving with a crisp salad on the side

The bear loved it!

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