Laura Santini recipes: A new twist on pasta

So simple, so tasty… With just a few super-fresh ingredients, food writer Laura Santini turns our weekday staple into something really special.

Asparagus and peas

This is all about spring. In fact, that is exactly what Italians call this dish: primavera.

asparagus and peas
Christopher Scholey

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Crab, chilli and lemon

This is one of the most popular pastas served at my restaurant Santini in London. It is light, clean, fresh and super tasty.

crab chilli and lemon
Christopher Scholey

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Cooked cherry tomato and burrata

It is important to taste this sauce for acidity when seasoning. Fresh tomatoes are a little acidic, so I add a little sugar or honey to balance the flavours.

cooked cherry tomato and burrata
Christopher Scholey

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Limone

This is a popular choice on the terrace at Santini during the summer months.

limone
Christopher Scholey

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Walnut and anchovy pesto

This tasty pesto keeps in the fridge for up to three days when covered with a layer of olive oil. It is also delicious on chicken, steak or fish.

walnut and anchovy pesto
Christopher Scholey

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Truffled mac ‘n’ cheese

This is my sophisticated version of that all-time favourite, though you can leave out the truffle oil if you prefer.

truffled Mac n cheese
Christopher Scholey

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Tuna, rocket and harissa

Harissa is one of my store-cupboard pleasures. I also make this recipe with hot brown rice instead of pasta.

tuna rocket and harissa
Christopher Scholey

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Prawn, courgette and balsamico

The sweet courgette and prawns work brilliantly with the last-minute drizzle of a syrupy aged balsamic vinegar or glaze.

prawn courgette and balsamico
Christopher Scholey

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Now buy the book

pasta perfectOur recipes are from Pasta Perfect by Laura Santini, which is published by Ryland, Peters & Small, price £14.99. To order a copy for £11.99 until 11 April, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free p&p on orders over £20.