350g dried macaroni
450g frozen peas
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
50g grated Parmesan or Pecorino, plus extra to serve
180g light cream cheese
a small handful of fresh basil leaves, shredded, plus extra to serve
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and then add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Drain the pasta.
Meanwhile, add the peas to a pan of boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Tip half the peas into the bowl of a food processor, drain the other half and reserve 6-8 tbsp of cooking water.
Blitz the peas in the food processor with the reserved cooking water to a rough purée.
Melt the butter and oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low heat, then add the garlic and cook for about one minute. Add the cooked pasta to the frying pan, season with a little salt and pepper and add the pea purée, the remaining whole cooked peas, the grated cheese, cream cheese and shredded basil leaves. Mix well and serve immediately with some extra Parmesan and basil leaves.