Friday, December 27, 2013

WALNUT PESTO PASTA


Pesto sauce is made with basil leaves and walnuts or pine nuts, either one can be used. I made with walnuts as they are my hubby's favourite among the dry fruits. Any kind of pasta can be used in this preparation.

Ingredients:
Penne Pasta ... 1 cup
Basil leaves .... 1 cup
Garlic .......... 2-3 cloves (optional )
Vinegar ...... 1 tbsp (optional)
Walnuts .........  4
Cheese ......... 1 tbsp (grated)
Cream ........ 1 tbsp
Olive oil .....5-6  tbsps
White / black pepper ... to taste
Salt ......... to taste

Method:

1. In a pan pour 5-6 cups of water. Add salt and a tbsp of oil. Boil the pasta until almost done but not mushy. Drain and run under cold water. Pour a little oil to keep them separate.






2. Grind the basil adding walnuts, vinegar, garlic, cheese and add the oil little by little while grinding.









3. In a pan add a little oil and pour the pesto sauce. Stir it for half a minute.








4. Tip in the boiled pasta. Mix a spoon of cream and temper with salt and black pepper. If you want a thinner consistency you can add a little milk. Garnish and serve immediately.








Note: You can substitute the cream with milk if you want it lighter and skip the cheese in the pesto sauce. Just use a little for garnishing if you like.


36 comments:

  1. I never made pasta in my life but his combo is quiet interesting

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  2. I have recently became a fan of pesto pastas.. This pesto looks delicious and flavorful..

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    1. Thanks .. I love the colour and look of it

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  3. our family faourite dish..looks so nice

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  4. pesto gives it such a nice color..

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  5. Looks good. This is my go to pesto when I don't have pine nuts at home!

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  6. The pesto looks lovely , I love all types of pasta.

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  7. Love pesto pastas, this looks yummy..

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  8. I love pasta in any form but I think I am partial to pesto flavor in my pasta. Awesome

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  9. I am growing a lot of basil this time. I would love to try this walnut pesto pasta. Adding walnut will add such a nice crunch

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    1. Yes, for a change walnuts are good and if you make with fresh home grown basil that will be too good.

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  10. Such a flavorful pasta with basil and walnut. Looks so delicious.

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    1. Thanks Narmadha . Must try this variation

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  11. I am missing fresh basil leaves so much.. last I made a fresh basil pesto was in India. Love pasta with pesto and with walnuts that make its even better.

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    1. These days even we are missing all these delicacies as we are not stepping out. Only surviving on basic veggies.

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  12. Love the fresh and green pasta shobhaji. And with less cream and cheese, the way i prefer it!! Looks totally tempting

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