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  • 7th Sep 2022
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Doing the Great North Run? Here’s the perfect pre-race power pasta to get you prepped

Load up on your carbs with this delicious portobello and asparagus pasta.

Serves: 8



For the pesto

90g pine nuts

20 large fresh basil leaves

25g fresh parsley

120 ml extra virgin olive oil

15g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

4 cloves garlic, very coarsely chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

For the pasta

680g tortellini or farfalle

32 asparagus spears, chopped into bite-size pieces

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 large portobello mushroom caps, sliced (remove gills with a spoon)

4 tsp chopped fresh parsley



To make the pesto

Blend the pine nuts, basil, parsley, oil, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor until medium smooth.

To make the pasta 

Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water for 5 mins, then add asparagus.

In a pan, heat the oil. Add the mushrooms and cook for 7 mins.

Strain the cooked pasta and asparagus, keeping about 120ml of the water. Return pasta and asparagus to the pot with half the water. Add the pesto. Stir in the remaining cooking water.

Top with mushrooms and parsley.


Recipe credit: Runner’s World

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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…


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