This is a wee bit sneaky, but my little people have gone down the slippery slope of only really eating a few green vegetables. Hence this cunning little number that hides a host of super-duper veggies in what is famously called in our home, ‘green sauce’.

‘Princess and the Pea’ Pasta is a better way to sell it and to be honest it is loved by young and old alike. A slice or 2 of parma ham makes it a bit more glitzy and the obvious addition of parmesan, a necessity. My troops literally inhale it while I smugly smile with pride as they guzzle down veggies they would normally never dream of eating!

Princess and the Pea Pasta

Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers (to be precise a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old)


  • 100gms broccoli – chopped into florets
  • 100gms sugar snap peas
  • 1 leek – sliced finely
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 150ml of steamed vegetable water
  • 350gms farfalle
  • Fresh parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of double cream (optional)
  • Salt and pepper


1. Place all the vegetables in a steamer and steam for 8 – 10 minutes.

2. Liquidise the vegetables with 150ml of the steamed vegetable water, add the mint at the end.

3. Cook the farfalle pasta, and drain, add in the sauce with a pinch of salt, grind of pepper and the tablespoon of cream if you are using.

4. Serve with freshly grated parmesan.

The sauce will keep and can be frozen.

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