Pasta Bake
Summery pasta bake - ideal for making use of seasonal
herbs and vegetables.

Ingredients:

10 oz (300 g) chickpeas
2 tablespoons tomato passata
1 lb (700 g) summer vegetables, such as carrots, fresh broad beans, fresh peas, sweetcorn, tomatoes, etc.
9 oz (250 g) pasta shapes (such as pasta twists, shells, etc.)
1 onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, 
parsley, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Method:

1. Blend the chickpeas with 3 tablespoons water, to form a smooth paste. Add the tomato passata, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Prepare the vegetables. Cut the carrots into matchsticks, and cut up the tomatoes. Half fill a small pan with water and bring it to the boil. Add the fresh broad beans and/or peas and cook until they are just tender, about 7 mins. Drain and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat a large pan of water, and cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet. Drain and set aside.

4. Thinly slice the onion. Heat the in a large frying pan, add the onion and cook over a low heat until golden brown. Add the carrots and stir fry over a high heat for 3 minutes, then add the other vegetables. Add 2 tablespoons water, reduce heat, and cover with a lid. Cook until all the vegetables are tender.

5. Add the pasta, chopped herbs and chick pea paste to the frying pan, and mix with the vegetables. Season to taste.

6. Spoon into a shallow, ovenproof dish, drizzle with olive oil, and cook in the oven at 200C (Gas Mark 6, 400F) for 20 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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