I was shopping during the week for groceries and I found a ridiculous amount of fresh coriander reduced to just 45p, as it was past it’s best before date. So, I jumped at the chance and bagged it up, although I had no idea what I’d actually use the herb for. I thought about making a coriander based salad, but it just felt too cold for a Mediterranean summer salad – I mean, it was snowing outside! Then I thought I’d make a nice winter warming soup, but the boys probably wouldn’t want what they call ‘hot smoothies’ again. They, of course, crawled for pasta (yet again), although, pasta would mean that I could turn this hot smoothie into a pasta or pesto sauce.
So, I came up with a coriander and sweet potato pesto-style sauce and decided to try and make this dish without any seasoning at all, not even salt. You know what? Along, with the infusion of garlic and onion, and the sweetness of the sweet potato, there was no need for seasoning because it worked! All the natural flavours of the ingredients were enough to make this sauce quite rich and delicious. I didn’t want to cook the coriander so I steamed the garlic, sweet potato and onions and added the coriander to the food processor ready for the other ingredients to join it.
I used my trusty Nutribaby again (this steamer/steriliser/processor combo is brilliant!). The result of adding the steamed ingredients to the raw coriander meant that bits of green came from the rich orange colour and complimented the pasta (which I cooked according to packet instructions).Most importantly, the sauce was given a thumbs up by my mini chefs. Also, I used whole wheat pasta, which I always use now, instead of white pasta which is quite refined.
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Here are the ingredients:
Easy peasy! Try it for yourself, here is the recipe.
- 2 Healthy Handfuls of Coriander
- 3 Sweet Potatoes
- 2 Red Onions
- 500g Wholewheat Pasta
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- Cook the pasta according to packet instructions
- Add all the veg, including the garlic, into a steamer and steam for 15 minutes or until soft and cooked
- Add the fresh coriander along with the steamed veg and blitz until smooth.
- Combine the pasta and the pesto sauce
- Garnish with coriander and serve hot
If you’re ready to create your recipe, here is a list of the cheapest ingredients I could find from Morrisons for £3.58 total (prices may vary from 3 March 2018)
Morrisons Red Onions (3) – 75p
Morrisons Wholewheat Fusilli (500g) – 61p
Morrisons Sweet Potatoes (5 per pack – 1kg) – £1.00
Morrisons Bunched Coriander (70g) – 72p
Morrisons Giant Garlic – 50p
Fancy more recipes that include sweet potatoes? Try my Sweet Potato, Tomato and Broccoli Cous Cous
Love onions in your recipe? Check out my favourites here: