A roast joint doesn’t always have to be eaten on a Sunday as Simply Beef and Lamb proved to me last week. And if you pick up a mini roast (a smaller piece of meat, around 400-450g between two people) it can be far less time consuming to cook with, say, a pasta instead. And the prep is so quick and easy, it’s perfect for anyone who’s busy!
And for today’s recipe, I made this really quick (and lush) healthy red pesto that I adapted just for you from their original recipe here and both my fiancé and I loved it. It’s so delicious and full of flavour, I urge you to try it!
Recipe – Serves 2
- 1 x 400-450g/14oz-1lb lean lamb mini roast (I used lamb leg and sliced around the bone but you could use flank)
- Salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 175g dried pasta
- 100g/4oz cherry tomatoes, halved
- Large handful of baby spinach leaves
- Pinch of pine nuts (optional)
- Freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
For the Quick Pesto:
- 4 tbsp passata
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 25g grated Parmesan (or try lower fat mature cheddar)
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- 4 sun dried tomatoes (not in oil if you can avoid it) *If using dried, then steep in boiling water for 30 minutes)
- Preheat your oven on gas mark 5 or 190 degrees.
- Make several slits over the surface of your lamb, then season and set aside to make the pesto.
- In a mini food processor, blend all the pesto ingredients to a fine paste and evenly spread 2 tbsp of it over the top of the lamb.
- Transfer to a metal rack in a roasting tin, lined with tin foil and roast for 35-40 minutes.
- Once cooked, leave to rest while covered in tin foil while you cook the pasta as instructed at the back of the packet.
- Drain the pasta and stir in the remaining pesto, tomatoes and spinach and top with sliced lamb.
- Serve and garnish with chopped parsley and pine nuts if using.
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