Watercress and Pea Pasta

Watercress and Pea Pasta

This watercress and pea pasta dish is packed full of nutrients, with healthy fats from the nuts and plenty of vitamins from the peas and watercress. It's also super easy to make and tastes great!


For the pasta dough

  • 300g (2½ cups) plain flour
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • 240ml (1 cup) boiling water

For the watercress and pea sauce

  • 85g (3oz) packet watercress
  • 200g (1⅓ cups) frozen peas
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 50g (⅓ cup) almonds or hazelnuts, toasted
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 60ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 60ml (¼ cup) water (if necessary)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the watercress and pea sauce

  • Cherry tomatoes (optional)


  • 1

    Begin by making your pasta. In a large bowl mix the plain flour and gram flour together, then add the boiling water and stir to form a dough. Knead the  dough until smooth, then roll it out to 1-2mm thick, either with a rolling pin or using a pasta machine.

  • 2

    Slice the pasta dough lengthways to make strips. These can be as thick or thin as you wish (we made ours about 1-1.5cm wide).

  • 3

    Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water, for 2-3 minutes until tender.

  • 4

    Meanwhile, place the watercress, peas, garlic, nuts, nutritional yeast, oil and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth, to make a pesto. If needed, add the water to help it come together. Then season to taste.

  • 5

    Rinse the cooked pasta in boiling water, drain, then immediately stir in the pesto. Serve the watercress and pea pasta topped with a sprinkling of nuts, and garnished with the cherry tomatoes.

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