Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pasta with Basil Pesto and Vegetables

I like Pasta but not all soggy in tomato sauce. All the time same old pasta makes me sick. So I have to do variation of sauces to keep eating pasta. This week been to farmer's market and got nice fresh basil , wanted to use those lovely leaves before it turn black and one night for diner was thinking what to make for diner. I wanted something quick but nice, so came up with pesto. Now pesto is very easy and you can do lot of variation. Basically you need one green, one nut and olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and lime juice. So I used Basil and pine nuts for my pesto.

Ingredients for Pesto
1 bunch of Basil leaves (6-7 big strings of basil)
1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
3 cloves of Garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
salt and lime juice as per taste
freshly cracked black pepper

First chopped basil and pine nuts in grinder. Then add garlic, cheese, salt and lime juice.
Then add olive oil and make a fine puree.
You will get bright green color.
Take it in bowl and keep it aside. Check for the seasoning.
Makes 1 cup of pesto. good for two people.
Basil Pesto is ready

For Pasta :

1/2 cup whole wheat Penne Pasta
1 onion chopped
1 red capsicum chopped
5-6 florets of broccoli
1 carrot chopped
5-6 garlic chopped
big pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp. olive oil


Prepare pasta as per packet direction. Means boil and keep it aside.
In a non stick pan, add olive oil, add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir for minute or two, make sure garlic won't burn otherwise whole dish will be bitter.
Add all the vegetables and pesto and cook till vegetables are al dente means they still have bite in it.
Add boiled pasta and mix it and check for seasoning.

Serve it in bowl along with garlic bread or as it is or with a glass of red wine. If you desired, sprinkle more chili flakes and Parmesan cheese on top.
Dig in .
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  1. homemade pesto yummy. pass me the bowl.

  2. This pasta looks amazing! the basil pesto looks delicious! Love your blog!

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  5. Yummy looking basil pesto :)

  6. Such a tempting preparation makes me what to grab the plate and eat :)

  7. Hi, I'm ligurian, so
    I am an expert of basil pesto and your version is remarkable! Only a little advice, if I can, together with parmesan add a bit of pecorino cheese and no lime. Anyway you
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  8. wow love the flavor and aroma of pesto!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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  9. wow..delicious and tempting .

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  11. That is really yummy pasta with home made pesto.

  12. flavorful and delicious pasta, yummy preparation!

  13. Delicious and healthy pasta.. Looks inviting

  14. Lovely pasta !! look forward to seeing the twist in your veg kolhapuri :)

  15. Love this pesto pasta..looks super good :)

  16. Love the Pesto pasta...Looks good

  17. Wow...wonderful pasta.....looks gorgeous.... :-)

  18. This is my kind of pasta. very well done. looks delicious

  19. Very flavourful pesto and the pasta is just so beautifully done.

  20. Nice pesto recipe Linsy.. Looks yummilicious!

  21. Another great recipe.
    Thanks for linking this to ONLY event.

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  22. Pesto is my favorite.. I love this flavorful pasta.. Ur tempting me to make pesto again...

  23. And summer is here:) love pesto on pasta

  24. Wow....very healthy pasta recipe....yummyyy :-)


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