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Cherry Tomato, Mascarpone and Grasshopper Pasta Sauce

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01 In a large frying pan, heat the oil over a high heat. Once hot, add the grasshoppers, garlic and fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes and tomato puree and fry for about 5 minutes until the garlic has browned and the tomatoes are sizzling.

02 Next, add this mixture to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and whizz until smooth.

03 Pour the sauce into a pan over a low heat and bring back to a simmer before serving.


  • SERVES 2 - 3
  • 25ml/1fl oz/2tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 15 grasshoppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 200g/7oz cherry tomatoes
  • 200g/7oz canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree (paste)
  • 150g/5½oz/⅔ cup mascarpone cheese
  • 200ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup double (heavy) cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Eat Grub are stirring things up in the kitchen, adding edible insects to your favourite dishes! Grub’s Up is a series of recipes for you to try at home. Today we present our Cherry Tomato, Mascarpone and Grasshopper Pasta Sauce. Wholesome, classic and balanced our edible insects are the perfect substitute for prawns. Grasshoppers are not only delicious they are also packed full of high quality nutrients. Grasshoppers are an excellent source of protein, fibre, Omegas 3&6, iron, calcium, Vit B12 plus many more micronutrients. This will elevate the nutritional good stuff in any plant-based dish.

That’s not all. The nutrients in edible insects are completely sustainable. Insects require a fraction of the land, resources and energy compared to traditional livestock. However, you get the same nutritional benefits.

Our favourite thing about this dish is it’s so simple and very quick. So making healthier choices with a busy schedule even easier. We think this is a dish for two, but hey who’s judging? You can eat the whole lot, completely guilt free. Or keep some for lunch the next day.

Packed full of fresh basil leaves, this creamy sauce is wonderful poured over freshly cooked pasta and topped with cheese.

Serves 2-3

We will be adding plenty more of our videos and recipes to keep things fresh, for you. We have created recipes using each of our Eat Grub edible insects. So you can try a dish for grasshoppers, buffalo worms, mealworms, crickets and cricket powder. We believe that adding edible insects to familiar dishes will make insects a staple in your diet. Once you taste how delicious insects are, and reap the nutritional rewards you will never go back. For more inspiration check out our other insect recipes.

Now that you love cooking with edible insects, help us spread the grub love further. Show your friends and family! You can give them our discount code – grublove for 15% of their order to get them started.