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Modern pasta masterclass: Pasta primavera



300g long pasta of your choice (the picture shows mafaldine ruffle-edged pasta)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 spring onions, sliced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

100g tenderstem broccoli, cut into bitesized pieces

100g asparagus tips, sliced

1 tbsp butter

100g broad beans, shelled weight

50g shelled fresh or frozen peas

100ml single cream

salt and pepper


1 tbsp each chopped oregano, basil and parsley

40g pecorino romano, grated or shaved

few edible flowers

Step 1 Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add salt and cook the pasta for 5-7 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water.

Step 2 Warm a large, deep frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, the spring onions and carrot and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli and asparagus and cook for 2 minutes. Add the butter and the remaining tablespoon of oil, along with the pasta, broad beans, peas and cream.

Step 3 Loosen with a little of the pasta water if needed and cook for 2 minutes, then season to taste. Serve in bowls, sprinkled with the herbs, grated or shaved cheese and the edible flowers.