Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cheesy Pesto Pasta

Regular pesto pasta, been there and eat it, need something new. Well, here it is, add some cheese in it and baked it and have it. You will love it because I love it too. Nothing much to do, make pesto , with any greens and nuts, olive oil, parmesan cheese . Done. Add pasta with some vegetables in it and baked it. If you like it , add some heavy cream in sauce and you will have cheesy creamy pesto pasta. Perfect for weeknight diner when you have to put food in dish on dinner table quickly.

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.

For Pasta :

1/2 box WW penne Pasta (or you choice of Pasta)
5-6 Asparagus, chopped
4-5 chopped garlic
1 carrot chopped
1 green capsicum chopped
1 cup pesto
2 cups  mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. olive oil


Cook pasta as per the directions and keep it aside.
Preheat the oven at 375F.

Heat a pan, add olive oil , add garlic in it and cook for 1 minute.
Add vegetables and cook for a minute or two.
Add pesto and pasta and cook for 3 minutes.
At this time you can add heavy milk to make it creamy too and have it as it is without baking too.

Take it out on baking dish and pour pasta in that dish with cheese.
Bake till cheese is melted and serve hot with garlic bread or as it is.

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  1. So cheesy!! I love cheese!! I will surely try this out..

  2. Looks lovely,I must try sometime..

  3. Yummy Pasta preparation. Like pesto sauce and love the flavour of basil in any pasta dishes.

  4. creamy sauce.. my kids would love it..

  5. This looks absolutely amazing! Definitely one of my favourite too.

  6. I just need to pluck the leaves from my garden and get going for satisfying meal over this pasta.

  7. looks very delicious,yummy !!!

  8. Looks cheesy and tempting...... My daughters fav !

    1. Glad to know that your daughter loves this kind of pasta.

  9. Healthy and tempting Pasta....thanks for the recipe dear :-)

  10. Love pesto! Great idea for this month's Family Foodies challenge. Thanks for taking part :)

  11. Soo cheesy and irresistible pasta..

  12. I love pasta and this recipe is so tempting, so fresh.....gonna try tommorow!

  13. Looks delicious dear :)
    Can I get some ???

  14. You so can't beat pesto for deliciousness and versitility, I make and eat it virtually every week, and usually with veggies stirred through too and maybe a wee spoon of creme fraiche.


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