Pasta, ham and broad bean salad


This quick and easy pasta salad is just right for busy people. It is appealing and sustaining and the watercress and walnut pesto dressing adds a great punchy flavour.

Ready in 35 mins

Serves: 4

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 15 mins


300g fusilli (pasta twists)

400g shelled baby broad beans, (fresh or frozen)

400g cherry tomatoes, halved

200g lean cooked ham, diced

3 tbsp snipped fresh chives

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

50g watercress, trimmed and roughly chopped


50g watercress, trimmed

50g walnut pieces

1 garlic clove, peeled

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp low-fat natural yoghurt

grated zest and juice of ½ lemon


Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Add the broad beans and bring back to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and cook for a further 2–3 minutes until the pasta is tender and the beans are lightly cooked.

Meanwhile, mix together the tomatoes, ham, chives and 1 tbsp olive oil in a large serving bowl. Set aside. To make the pesto, process the watercress, walnuts and garlic together in a food processor or blender until finely ground. Add half the oil and pulse until combined, then add the remaining oil, lemon zest and juice and the yoghurt and blend again. Season to taste.

Drain the pasta and beans and immediately add them to the tomato mixture. Mix well, then cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Stir the pesto and chopped watercress into the salad, and then serve immediately. (If prepared ahead, add the pesto and watercress just before serving. Until then, keep the rest of the salad and the pesto, covered separately, in the fridge.)


For a vegetarian salad, omit the ham and add 4 chopped, hard-boiled eggs to the salad with the watercress. *Instead of broad beans, use 225g small broccoli florets. Cook them with the pasta in the same way.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 633 kcal

Protein 30 g

Fat 28 g

Saturates 4 g

Carbohydrates 69 g

Sugars 10 g

Fibre 10 g

Sodium 573 mg

Vegetables 225 g

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