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Free Healthy Recipe - Fresh Fig with Basil and Parmesan Pasta

Low fat, Low GI

Just because it's healthy, does mean it looks it! In this simple pasta dish we use basic pesto ingredients with less oil and saturated fat but with the same flavour. Switch regular pasta with wholemeal to boost its fibre content and serve it with an accompanying green salad. It's a meal for the girls. Grab your girlfriends, set the table outside and whip it together in minutes. Who wants to spend hours indoors cooking with so much news to catch up on outside!

Ingredients
4 cloves garlic, cut into fine slivers
1/3 cup olive oil
2 red chillis deseeded and finely chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves roughly chopped
2 lemons zest only
6 small figs, cut into quarters
1/3 cup pine nuts, roasted
½ cup parmesan, shaved
Method

Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil to hot. Add the garlic and chilli and cook until the garlic is golden.
Add the lemon zest, basil and figs and cook gently for 3 - 4 minutes.
Drain the pasta and gently toss through the figs and basil mixture. Top with pine nuts and parmesan shavings and season with black pepper.
Serve with a green salad and vinaigrette dressing.

Note: For a speedy way to roast pinenuts, stir them continuously over a medium heat in a dry frying pan taking care not to let them burn.

Makes 4 servings

Scale recipe to serves

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Ready in: 30 mins


Suitable for:
Dinner, Lunch
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Nutritional Information - Per Serve
Kj 2382 kj
Calories 569 kcal
Fat 34.6 g
Saturated Fat 5.7 g
Total Carbohydrate 44.5 g
Total Protein 15.6 g
Fibre 10.6 g