Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Recipe on Test: Jamie Oliver's Wonky Summer Pasta from Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

Because of the run-up to Christmas, I spent months planning the shopping for literally one day, then got really excited about all the leftovers to be had - brie & cranberry sandwiches, chicken curry, bubble and squeak etc. THEN after that there was NOTHING. The fridge was bare except for a few eggs and a block of Parmesan. Good job I got the Jamie Oliver book 30-Minute Meals for Christmas, for here was a solution to my problem! Wonky Summer Pasta! (My cooking never works to constraints of seasonal recipe titles - we fancied pasta and it was pasta I made for the hungry rabble for lunch, even if it was December and the snowman was peeking in at us).

The recipe was really simple to follow - mix egg yolks, extra virgin olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped basil and lemon juice to make a paste. Because I had it handy I used the Garden Gourmet basil in the squeezy tube and some lemon juice from a bottle in the fridge. The paste itself didn't look very reassuring to be honest, plonked in the middle of the serving bowl but I trusted Jamie and went with it.

I boiled my pasta (spaghetti, not the sliced up lasagne sheets the recipe states) and then lifted out the soft strands with tongs and into the green-flecked yellow paste. After a mix around and a slosh of the cooking water, we had lunch on the table. The children loved it, and all bowls were clean.

It was really creamy - a bit of a bonus to have a creamy pasta without actually having cream in it - although there is quite a lot (almost a whole wedge) of the cheese. The zingy lemon flavour helped lift the rich eggy sauce and for a creamy dish it was really refreshing. The next time I make it I might throw in some prawns, their pink sweetness would work quite well against all that lemon. And while eating it I craved the salty pungency of some hot, crisp garlic bread so would get some ready the next time. And a next time there will be - it was super quick, cheap and probably the easiest recipe there is. Good old Jamie.  

 Wonky Summer Pasta can be found in Jamie's 30 Minute Meals on page 46.


  1. That looks simple and easy and delicious. It looks quite like pasta carbonara, my new found favourite. I need to cook this. Thanks very much for sharing. Happy Holidays!