This is basically summer in a bowl. I've used yoghurt in place of heavy cream, which adds a lovely tartness to proceedings. You could actually skip the yoghurt completely, if you don't have any around - I'd just keep some of the cooking liquid aside and chuck that in instead, to loosen everything up.
If uncooked garlic makes you run for the hills, give it a quick swish about in a pan with a little oil before adding to the pasta. I happen to love raw garlic, and I hear it's good for keeping away vampires. And pretty much EVERYONE. At least you'll be able to eat your delicious pasta uninterrupted.
Lemon, Garlic & Broad Bean Pasta (serves 4)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
You will need:
- 400g pasta (I used linguine)
- 300g shelled broad beans, tinned or fresh
- 1-2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
- 4-8 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Loads of fresh parmesan or grana padano
- A small handful of fresh mint or parsley, finely chopped (optional)
- Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water, as per the packet instructions.
- If you're using fresh broad beans, boil them in a separate pan of unsalted water for about 5 minutes (I find salt makes them tough). You may want to 'double-pod' them, by plunging the cooked beans into a bowl of cold water and using your fingernail to pop off the skin of each one. Beans picked young probably won't need to be double-podded, but removing the skins of older beans makes them sweeter and tastier. And if you're using tinned, just throw them into the pasta water about 2 minutes before the pasta is cooked.
- Drain the pasta and beans, and mix together in the pan. Add the garlic, lemon zest, and as much yoghurt as you want - this really depends on how saucy you like your pasta. You may find the heat of the pasta is enough to warm through the yoghurty sauce; if not, place the pan over a low heat and stir well until it's warm (be careful - the yoghurt will curdle over a high heat).
- Stir well and season to taste. Serve with masses of cheese folded through the pasta and grated on top. I would have also finished with a liberal sprinkling of parsley or mint, if I'd had some.
- Some fried bacon cubes or diced chorizo would be a great addition to this dish - just add them at step 3.