Zest and Herbs

Parsley butter (or Poor Man’s Pesto)

Because it’s so quick and easy, pasta with a dollop of shop-bought pesto stirred through it was something I ate all the time for lunch as a student.  I could have made my own by bashing together basil, garlic, oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese, but it defeats the object of a quick fix lunch.  This week, fancying a quick pasta lunch, I made a compromise: a knob of butter and chopped herbs. It’s not pesto, but it’s speedy.

Simply chop up some fresh herbs finely and mash together with butter using a fork. Add a little salt and pepper and let it melt over hot pasta before stirring through a grating of hard Italian cheese (parmesan, pecorino or Italy’s favourite Grana Padano).  I made it with parsley, but basil or tarragon would be equally as tasty, I’m sure.


It’s none of your five a day, it’s not as good as fresh pesto, but parsley butter is ready in the time it takes to cook pasta.  What are your favourite quick-fix lunches?  Why not leave a comment and share your ideas.

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