Sunshine chunky pasta recipe

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Add a bit of colour to the table with this quick and easy kids' recipe

  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time17 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories382 Kcal19%
Fat11.7 g17%

A colourful treat, this pasta dish will become a firm family favourite.


  • 300g dried pasta twists
  • 4 rashers lean unsmoked back bacon
  • 200g baby carrots, scrubbed and halved lengthways
  • 200g runner beans, trimmed and sliced
  • 200g peas
  • 200g broccoli, trimmed into small florets
  • 3tbsp red pesto sauce




  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 15 mins or until the pasta is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, grill the bacon until crisp and cut into small pieces. Place a steamer above a saucepan of boiling water and steam the carrots and runner beans for 10 mins, then add the peas and broccoli for a further 5 mins.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to the saucepan, add the pesto sauce and 2tbsp water and heat through for 2 mins.
  4. Arrange the carrots around four plates. Mix the remaining vegetables and the bacon with the pasta and spoon onto plates.
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