meatless monday | conchiglie with yogurt, peas & chile

Tom & I recently evicted all non cookbooks from the bookcase in our kitchen, freeing up some space for new additions & the recently published Jerusalem was the very first book we snatched up for the newly acquired space.  We absolutely adore Yotam Ottolenghi’s first cookbook Plenty, with it’s stunning photography & amazing vegetarian recipes & anxiously awaited the release of his latest book, where he teams up with chef Sami Tamimi for a culinary exploration of their home city.

conchigliewithyogurtandpeas-lifewiththelushersI flipped through the book, loving the pictures just as much as the ones in Plenty, mouth watering over the Mediterranean recipes & when I got to page 111 (you can see it, too, on Amazon’s book preview), I knew it was the first recipe from this book I had to taste for myself.  It’s creamy, tangy, herbaceous & even a little bit spicy & it’s something we’ve made over & over again.

conchiglie-lifewiththelushersIn fact, we had it again tonight 🙂 .

serves 6

2 1/2 cups Greek yogurt, nonfat is fine
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1lb peas, fresh or frozen & thawed, divided
1lb conchiglie pasta
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 2/3 cups fresh basil, torn
8oz feta cheese, roughly crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

Add the yogurt, 6 tablespoons of the olive oil, garlic & 2/3 cup of the peas to the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until the mixture becomes light green & smooth.  Transfer to a large bowl & set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil & salt very generously.  Add the pasta & cook until al dente, according to the package instructions.  Throw the remaining peas in with the pasta during the last minute of cooking to heat them up a bit.

While the pasta cooks, heat the rest of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the pine nuts & chile flakes & fry, stirring constantly, until the pine nuts are golden & the oil is a deep red color, just a minute or two.  Remove from heat & set aside.

Once al dente, drain the pasta & the peas.  Gradually add to the bowl with yogurt mixture, stirringly gently to combine.  Add the basil & feta & season with salt & pepper to taste.  Toss gently, until everything is well coated.  Transfer to individual serving dishes & spoon each dish with the pine nuts & chile oil.

slightly adapted from Jerusalem

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3 Responses to meatless monday | conchiglie with yogurt, peas & chile

  1. Beth says:

    Happy I found your blog! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve flipped past page 111 in this cookbook without giving it a second glance. I will definitely make this next week for dinner. Thank you for sharing your photos and descriptions. (following you on Instagram now too!)

  2. Elaine Partington says:

    This is one of my favourite recipes, try substituting orechiette pasta, and smoked salmon or prosciutto instead of feta, for a change.

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