Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Kale Pesto Pasta with Marrow Fried Halloumi


  • 1 block of halloumi, sliced into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 marrow, pealed and sliced into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 teaspoon plain flour

  • 20g butter

  • 1 big bunch of kale (200g or so), washed and shredded/sliced with a knife

  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 50g parmessan cheese, finely grated

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 25g pine nuts or peanuts

  • 400g pasta


  1. Start the kale frying with the garlic and olive oil in a pan with the lid on (this is called sweating)

  2. Start a big pot of water boiling for the pasta

  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan

  4. When the butter has melted add the halloumi and marrow and stir it

  5. Stir the kale

  6. Sprinkle the flour over the halloumi and marrow

  7. Continue to stir the halloumi and marrow every couple of minutes to stop it burning

  8. When the kale looks soft remove it from the heat and add the pasta to the boiling water (starting a timer for 12 minutes)

  9. Put the kale, cheese and pine nuts/peanuts into a blender and blend into a smooth paste (or pesto)

  10. When the 12 minutes are up, drain the pasta and stir in the paste/pesto

  11. The halloumi and marrow should be nicely browned by now, so server immediately with the pasta

Serves about 4 people.