Pasta With Leeks and Parsley

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READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dry roast the pine nuts and set aside.
  • Trim the root end of the leeks, then cut off the hard green leaves, leaving a bit of green where they meet the white part. Split the leeks down the middle, discard the outer white leaves (the ones that don't cut easily), then chop the leeks (or cut them with kitchen scissors into one inch or 2.5cm pieces). Wash very well, and spin or shake dry.
  • Set a large pot of water to boil, and salt it.
  • Put half the butter or oil in a large pan, preferably non-stick, on medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and chillies, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic browns. Remove the chillies (and garlic if you prefer).
  • Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until they wilt, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the capsicum or tomato and lower the heat; add the cumin and continue to cook, stirring once in a while, until the leeks begin to brown.
  • Cook the pasta until it is tender - al dente, and drain, reserving about half a cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Toss the pasta and the leeks, add the pine nuts, the baby spinach leaves (added at this stage, they will be just wilted but no more) together with the remaining butter or oil, freshly ground black pepper to taste and all but a little of the parsley, adding a bit of cooking liquid if the mixture seems dry.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning, garnish with the remaining parsley and serve.
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