The delicious creaminess of crème fraîche makes it the perfect thing to use in pasta sauces like this one. Chef Andre has used lemon zest and basil to lift the flavour or the sauce and stirred through peppers, courgette and fresh cherry tomatoes for an added hit of goodness. Simple, quick, delicious.
Cherry Plum Tomatoes
Wheat Penne Pasta(ContainsGluten)
Vegetable Stock Powder(ContainsCelery)
Grated Italian Style Hard Cheese(ContainsMilk, Egg)
Put a large saucepan of water with a pinch of salt on to boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, halve, then remove the cores from the peppers and thinly slice. Trim the courgette, quarter lengthways then chop into 1cm chunks. Halve the cherry plum tomatoes (or you can keep them whole if you like!).
Add the penne to the pan of boiling water and cook for 10 mins. When cooked, drain in a colander and drizzle with a little oil to stop it sticking
Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the peppers and courgette along with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, 8-10 mins.
While the veggies are cooking, pick the basil leaves from their stalks and roughly chop (discard the stalks). Zest the lemon and cut into wedges.
Once the veggies are soft, stir in the tomatoes, stock, half the basil, the lemon zest and the crème fraîche. Simmer for 2-3 mins. tTIP: If the sauce is a bit thick, add a splash of water (use the pasta water if it's still cooking!) Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
Toss the penne into the sauce and mix well to combine (or tip it all into the saucepan you used to cook the pasta - whichever is largest!). Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. Serve in bowls topped with the remaining basil, a sprinkling of cheese and the lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!