Penne Rigate Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Sauce

 First things first, Wish u all a very happy and a prosperous ,joyous New Year. To start this year's post am here with a pasta recipe lil different from the usual. Yes, no sweets /desserts /cake this time. Sure, I wanted to , but my H and my baby are not in a mood to allow me . Somehow, I should find some time and bake some cake since it's been a decade I've baked something and am craving like anything nowadays. 
 This pasta is such a simple and a classy dish and the most important thing is kids would love it as it doesn't involve any spicy items ,only if u add to make it spicy, a delicious dish that would surely fill ur tummy in no seconds..
Ingredients :
For 2 servings

For Cilantro Pesto Sauce :
Cilantro -- 2 cups ,loosely packed
Garlic clove -- 1 no.
Olive oil -- 3 tbsp
Cashews /Pine nuts -- 3 tbsp
Parmesan -- 2 tbsp ( I used Cheddar cheese)
Pepper powder -- a pinch
Green chillies -- 1 no.(optional)

For Pasta :
Penne  rigate  pasta  -- 11/2 cups
Olive oil -- 3 tsp
Salt -- to taste
Parmesan cheese -- 1 tbsp (optional)
Method :
  • Cook the pasta until al dente  with enough water added with oil and salt . Might take 7 minutes to reach the stage .
  • drain the pasta and clean with cool / fresh tap water and set aside.
  • Clean the cilantro and pick the leaves . MAke sure u retain the tender stalks as well.
  • Dump the cilantro with stalks into the processor / mixie jar, followed by garlic clove,cheese,nuts,pepper powder, green chilly and give it a whip. Finally add the oil and grind to a fine paste. U may store this pesto sauce for the next 3 to 4 days if u properly sealed and stored in the refrigerator. 
  •  Coming to the recipe, heat a skillet with a tsp of olive oil and add the pesto sauce (all at once, if u like a generous coating of pesto in pasta. Actually, the measurement I've given is good enough only for 2 servings, so u might wanna add everything).Whip the sauce for few secs and dump in the cooked pasta and mix well for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Serve the pasta with the remaining grated cheese on top and njoy eating hot !!!!
 Notes/Suggestions :
  • Green chilly is optional and I've added one to make it lil spicy rather bland.
  • Double the ingredients of the pesto sauce to store for further use. Pine nuts is added in general to make pesto. But all I had was cashews n badhams. Addition of cashews definitely makes this dish rich, tasty and heavy.. All in all I loved it to the core.
  • U may also reduce the cheese if u want to. U may cut down the garnishing part and eat as such.
Happy eating guys,


  1. Delicious and tempting pasta..nice recipe..

  2. Yummy and colourful. Perfectly done.

  3. Pasta looks simply stunning and the pics are wonderful.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. New dish to me !! looks so inviting and delicious !!

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  5. I LOVE THESE PHOTOS! They are fantastic! :)
    Happy New Year!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  6. Delicious..Yummy one to try it asap


  7. Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous New year. Pasta with cilantro pesto looks delicious.

  8. பச்சை கலரில் பாஸ்தா பார்க்கவே அருமையா இருக்கு!!

  9. Lovely color and flavor to the pasta Happy 2012 Shanavi.

  10. Pasta looks very nice and very inviting.

  11. Wow, looks so tempting & delicious! Warmest New Year wishes to you & your family :)

  12. Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year...super delicious and tempting pasta....

  13. colourful delicious dish
    happy new year to you and family

  14. never fail me to impress with your lipsmacking this tempting recipe..
    do stop by my space for a surprise..;)
    Tasty Appetite

  15. Lovely pasta Shobana...the sauce is very the colour...have a wonderful year ahead!

  16. i luv the pesto color...My fav pasta..Happy new year




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