Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Basil Cilantro Pesto Pasta..

I recently came across the recipe for pesto but was very hesitant in trying it out because of the strong flavour of basil..But then with an optimistic approach i finally made the pesto pasta for dinner tonite and was so pleased with my decision.
Both husband and myself just freaked over it and loved the blissful taste..
The fresh green aroma of the herbs and the richness of the nuts truly compliment each other!!
I have made some changes to the original recipe and here it goes for the Pesto sauce and the Pasta:

Ingredients for Basil Cilantro Pesto Sauce:

Cilantro(fresh) -1 cup

Basil leaves(fresh)-1 cup

Green chillies-2 nos.

Garlic-3 pods crushed

Almonds/Pecans /Pine nuts(slightly toasted)-1/2 cup (i used slivered almonds)

Olive Oil-1/2 cup

Lemon juice-2 tbsp

Salt to taste


Place all the above ingredients in a blender except the olive oil and grind into smooth paste adding the oil towards the end.

Ingredients for Pasta:

Capellini/Sphagetti/Angel hair pasta- 1/2 pound ( i used the racconto capellini whole wheat pasta as i prefer the whole wheat to the flour ones)

Water to cook

Salt to taste

Olive oil-2 tbsp


1.Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

2.Drain and set aside,do not rinse.

3.Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet and saute the pesto pasta for a few minutes.

4.Now add the cooked pasta and give the mixture a good toss so the pasta is evenly
coated with the sauce.

5.Sprinkle some crushed pepper and grated parmesan cheese on top....
n hear your tummy sing "yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy in my tummy"!!!

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