Asparagus and rocket fettucine with herb dressing and pumpkin seeds.

Bring a touch of spring to the table with this quick and healthy supper. Rocket and asparagus are at the peak of their yummyness this season and should be nice and cheap from your local green grocers. Tossed with a fragrant herby dressing and some tender fettucine, you will soon forget about the snow and the rain. For a creamy version blend some ripe avocado into the dressing.


250g fettucine
6-8 asparagus spears, cut off the tough woody ends, then slice thin with vegetable peeler
a few handfuls rocket

For the dressing:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, bitter stalks removed
2 tbsp dried oregano
generous pinch of salt
generous pinch freshly ground black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic

1/4 Pumpkin seeds


Cook the fettucine according to the packet instructions, steaming the asparagus above the pasta until the asparagus is soft and tender (about 6-8 minutes). Pulse together the dressing ingredients and half of the pumpkin seed in a food processor until everything is evenly chopped and distributed. Poor the dressing into the bottom of a big serving bowl, drain the fettucine and toss through the dressing, add the asparagus, rocket and the remainder of the pumpkin seeds. Give one final toss to fully incorporate every thing, taste for salt n pepper then transfer to the table and let every one serve them self a bowl.

15 thoughts on “Asparagus and rocket fettucine with herb dressing and pumpkin seeds.

  1. I couldn’t comment on the red velvet cake…all of my keys on my keyboard seemed to meld together and form a giant “SQUEEEE”…no words would come out. I had to furtively send the recipe to everyone that I know because EVERYONE needs to make that recipe. This one looks altogether more quintessentially springy and uber healthy. A nice entree sized plate of this gorgeousness would give you a license to dispense with the theatrics (and forks) and devour a good half of that heavenly red cake with your fists whilst sputtering to anyone watching about how you are “going to start my diet tomorrow!”. Beetroot never looked so gorgeous 🙂 “I CAN eat half of it…it’s full of beetroot!” (I will send you my Jenny Craig bill…)

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