• 500g flavourful tomatoes, halved if larger than a walnut
  • 200g charred artichoke hearts in olive oil, drained (oil reserved)
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • Large pinch of chilli flakes
  • 30g almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 bunches of watercress
  • Extra virgin olive oil, or other cold-pressed oil
  • 50g vegetarian pasta cheese, finely grated
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 12 eggs


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Put the tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with a little oil drained from the artichokes, season and put in the oven to roast slowly.

  2. 2

    Pound or blitz the garlic, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle or the bowl of a mini food processor. Add the almonds and pulverise until roughly chopped. Reserving a handful of the prettiest watercress sprigs for later, add the rest of 1 bunch of watercress to the pestle or food processor bowl. Again, pound or blitz, adding enough extra virgin olive oil to loosen. (You may need as much as 200ml to get the pesto running freely, but start at about 120ml.) Stir in half the grated cheese and check the seasoning, using a little lemon juice to brighten, if you like.

  3. 3

    In a large, heavy-based frying pan (ideally 25cm in diameter), cook the sliced onion in 2 tbsp more drained artichoke oil with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes, keeping the heat low so it only browns lightly as it softens. Lightly whisk the eggs with the remaining cheese and some salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.

  4. 4

    Increase the heat under the onion pan. Add the artichokes and remaining watercress, stirring over the heat for 30 seconds to wilt the greens. Pour in the egg mixture and cook for a further 30 seconds. Slide the pan into the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, until the eggs are just set and the tomatoes look a bit shrivelled (they will have had about 1 hour).

  5. 5

    Serve the frittata with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of your cold-pressed oil, the roast tomatoes, watercress pesto and reserved watercress sprigs.

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Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2500kj 597kcal 30%
  • Fat 53.3g 76%
  • Saturates 10.0g 50%
  • Sugars 5.3g 6%
  • Salt 1.3g 22%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 946kj/226kcal

Each serving provides

8.4g carbohydrate 2.4g fibre 19.7g protein

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