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  1. Send us your tips > 750g (1lb 10oz) fresh or frozen broad beans 350g (12oz) penne pasta 300ml (11fl oz) dry white wine 300ml (11fl oz) double cream 250ml (9oz) mascarpone cheese 2 egg yolks 2tbsp snipped chives 2tbsp shredded basil leaves 25g (1oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese 75g (3oz) freshly grated pecorino cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper Mixed salad leaves lightly dressed with French Vinaigrette to serve

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  1. Place the broad beans in a saucepan of boiling salted water and cook for 2-3 mins (or about 5 mins if frozen) until just tender. Drain and refresh the beans under cold running water, then slip them out of their skins. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8-10 mins until al dente (just tender but with a slight bite) or according to the packet instructions. Drain well. Place the white wine in a small saucepan and heat until it has reduced to about 2tbsp. Add the cream and bring to the boil, then season with salt and pepper and turn down the heat. Simmer gently for 6-8 mins until slightly reduced and thickened. Set aside to cool slightly. Fold the broad beans and cream mixture into the cooked penne and tip into an ovenproof dish. Preheat the grill to medium. Beat together the mascarpone cheese, egg yolks, chives and basil in a bowl with the Parmesan and most of the pecorino, reserving a handful to sprinkle on top. Spoon the mascarpone mixture in dollops over the broad beans and penne and spread using a palette knife or the back on a spoon until the pasta is completely covered. Scatter with the reserved pecorino. Place the dish under a grill and cook for about 5 mins until bubbling and lightly golden. Spoon straight from the dish on to warmed plates, with dressed mixed salad leaves if you like. This dish can be prepared several hours in advance and just popped into a preheated oven at 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 for 25 - 30 mins until heated through and then flashed under a hot grill until golden and bubbling.

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