Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi

This healthy dinner recipe of Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi is a real go to meal. It is stuffed full of nutrient packed ingredients and is super quick to make, meaning it’s a great choice for week night suppers as well as being a satisfying dish for the weekend.

It is a real green goddess kinda meal, with watercress, avocado, basil and mint in the pistachio pesto (along with other nutritious ingredients). The avocado gives it a creamy texture without adding any cream. If you want to avoid carbs (I can’t. I simply don’t want to) then replace the pasta with courgette ‘pasta’, you know, the spiralized kind (you could always go 50/50).

I really loved fried cheese. I mean what’s not to like?! The crunchy sweet pistachios and sesame with the salty halloumi is divine. Chilli adds a real nice kick to this dish. You could remove the seeds if you prefer, but I think it adds an extra pizzazz. Lemon lifts the flavours and keeps the avocado flesh a nice bright green.

This healthy dinner recipe of Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi is a real go to meal. It is stuffed full of nutrient packed ingredients and is super quick to make, meaning it's a great choice for week night suppers as well as being a satisfying dish for the weekend. It is a real green goddess kinda meal, with watercress, avocado, basil and mint in the pistachio pesto (along with other nutritious ingredients). The avocado gives it a creamy texture without adding any cream. If you want to avoid carbs (I can't. I simply don't want to) then replace the pasta with courgette 'pasta', you know, the spiralized kind (you could always go 50/50).

Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi. Green Goddess.
It’s a Green Goddess filled with nutritious ingredients.
Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi. Salty Halloumi And Sweet Pistachio Pesto.
The pesto is made with sweet pistachios that balance the salty halloumi.
Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi.
Soft and crunchy in one bowl.

How to make Watercress Pesto Pasta with Fried Halloumi

Ingredients

  • Enough spaghetti pasta for 2
  • 5tbsp tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 avocado
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 2 heaped tbsp pistachios
  • handful of watercress
  • small handful basil
  • small handful mint leaves
  • 1 red chilli (seeded)
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 20g grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 thick slices of halloumi
  • extra small handful of pistachios (toasted and chopped as topping)
  • extra small handful of watercress (as topping)
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds (as topping)
Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi. A healthier and Satisfying Recipe.
Healthy and satisfying!

Method

  1. In a food processor or blender combine the tahini, garlic, avocado, lemon juice, pistachios, watercress, basil, mint, red chilli and olive oil.
  2. Add the parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly toast the pistachios for the topping, roughly chop and leave aside for now.
  4. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a pan with some olive oil. When hot add the halloumi slices and cook either side for 2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the pasta but reserve just a little cooking water.
  7. Add the watercress pesto to the pasta (with the cooking water if needed).
  8. Add the remaining watercress, the halloumi slices, toasted pistachios and the sesame seeds.
  9. That’s it! You’ve made Watercress Pesto Pasta. Enjoy!

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This healthy dinner recipe of Watercress Pesto Pasta With Fried Halloumi is a real go to meal. It is stuffed full of nutrient packed ingredients and is super quick to make, meaning it's a great choice for week night suppers as well as being a satisfying dish for the weekend. It is a real green goddess kinda meal, with watercress, avocado, basil and mint in the pistachio pesto (along with other nutritious ingredients). The avocado gives it a creamy texture without adding any cream. If you want to avoid carbs (I can't. I simply don't want to) then replace the pasta with courgette 'pasta', you know, the spiralized kind (you could always go 50/50)...

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  1. I’m so glad I spied this on the #TheListLinky as I had already shared it on my Facebook wall thinking I need to cook it this week! I need to search my garden for ingredients as I’m trying not to spend too much money but hopefully will find some forgotten pistachios in a drawer!

    1. Hi Laura! I’m so happy you are cooking this recipe! I grow herbs in my garden so I tend to cook a lot with mint, sage and rosemary. The recipe is pretty generous for two, so you could add a little more cooking water into the pesto and cover it over enough spaghetti for four..?

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