Broad Bean and Pecorino Tagliatelle

Main courseServes N/K

1. Blanch your podded broad beans in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 mins, until tender. Allow to cool, then slip out of their skins, leaving the bright green inner bean. Tear the basil leaves roughly and grate the pecorino. Pound half of the beans in a pestle and mortar (or a food processor) with 1 garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of fresh basil and a little salt, until you have a coarsely broken up pulp. Add a little olive oil to lubricate and remove to a bowl. 2. Stir together with the remaining whole beans, the rest of the oil and basil. Season with pepper and lemon juice. Meanwhile bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add some salt. 3. Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain, keeping the pasta quite wet. Immediately combine with the broad bean sauce and stir together with the Pecorino (or Parmesan) and add some more extra virgin olive oil if needed.


700g broad beans (podded weight)
100g pecorino or parmesan cheese
250g dried tagliatelle
1 medium bunch fresh basil
2 garlic cloves
75ml extra virgin olive oil
juice of ½ lemon