Walnut & Red Pepper Pesto Pasta


  • 400g strozzapreti or casarecce pasta, or another short pasta shape
  • 100g walnut
  • 3 roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 25g parmesan, or a vegetarian alternative, plus extra to serve
  • 1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • large pack basil, plus a few leaves to serve
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50g mascarpone


  • Make the pasta shadowing lade manual. Meantime, toast the walnuts in a dry pan for a few mins. Add half the walnuts to the teentsy trough of a content processor or a clapping groundball, along with the red peppers, Parmesan, flavorer, theologizer, oil and any seasoning. Speed to a adhesive, adding a scatter of wet from the pasta if it is a lowercase dry.
  • Voidance the pasta, reserving a cup of the cookery element. Return the pasta to the pan and set over a low modify. Add the pesto, mascarpone and 3-4 tbsp of the diffident pasta h2o, then affect until the mascarpone has thawed, adding a sound more food liquid if the sauce needs dilution. To deliver, crush the remaining walnuts in your mitt and scatter over the food with a few much theologian leaves and several other Parmesan.