If you're looking for something fresh and light that isn't complicated, look no further. Moroccan-spiced vegetables combined with a fresh-tasting spinach and walnut pesto creates one of the most amazing spaghetti dish you will ever taste.

Spaghetti Moroccan Style With Spinach and Walnut Pesto [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

2

Cooking Time

30

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Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 6-7 ounces dried or fresh vegan spaghetti (use more or less depending on how much or how little spaghetti you like), cooked to packet instructions (gluten-free if needed)

For the Spinach and Walnut Pesto:

  • 4 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1.5 ounces toasted walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup groundnut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Moroccan Vegetables:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 handful green beans, sliced and chopped
  • 5 ounces tinned or freshly cooked chickpeas
  • 14 green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 red chili, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 ounce fresh spinach leaves
  • Handful of fresh arugula leaves (arugula)
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Preparation

  1. Place all of the pesto ingredients in a processor and process until smooth but still with a slight texture. Remove and put to one side for using later.
  2. Next start cooking the spaghetti. I personally like my spaghetti with a bite, but cook it to how you like it. Do not drain the spaghetti until ready to complete the dish as you will also be using some of the cooking liquid.
  3. Whilst the spaghetti is cooking, prepare the rest of the dish. In a frying pan, over a medium heat, fry the onions, bell pepper and green beans, plus a pinch of salt, in the vegetable oil for 4-5 minutes. Stir occasionally to be sure the onions do not catch.
  4. Now add all of the other ingredients except for the fresh spinach and rocket and add 10 tablespoons of the cooking liquid from the spaghetti.
  5. Continue to cook for a further 5-6 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still have a nice bite. Add the pesto and cook for another minute to warm through.
  6. Drain the spaghetti and return to the pan along with the vegetable mixture, combine well and cook lightly to heat through. Just before serving toss in the fresh spinach, chopped tomato  and garnish with the fresh arugula.
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