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Broad bean & pistachio hummus

Hummus is a real favourite, great for a snack or to serve as a side accompaniment to a salad or something simple like a buffalo mozzarella. Whilst the traditional chickpea based hummus is delicious, I like this one because the broad beans feel lighter on the gut and the protein from the pistachios provides us with a great source of protein.

Broad bean & pistachio hummus

Preparation time: about 5 minutes
Cooking Time: about 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1kg (2¼ lb) frozen broad beans
2 tbsp shelled pistachio nuts
leaves from 2 fresh basil sprigs
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a little extra if necessary
juice of half a lemon
ground black pepper

Method

  • Steam the broad beans for 2 minutes until they’re cooked but not mushy.
  • Rinse and cool thoroughly under cold water and remove the skins by squeezing the bean at one end – the bright green centre should just pop out.
  • Toast the pistachio nuts in a dry pan for 2 minutes over a gentle heat, being careful not to let them burn.
  • Put them into a food processor or blender and blend to a fine nut powder.
  • Add the beans and the basil, oil and lemon juice, and whiz to a mash.
  • You can add a little extra oil or lemon juice, if you like, depending on how smooth and tart you want the hummus to be. 
  • Season with pepper. 

Tip
Serve as a sandwich filling, or on jacket potatoes or pasta. Or make a delicious salad with romaine lettuce leaves, new crisp baby carrots and sliced raw vegetables, which you can dunk into the hummus.


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