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,
Shanavi

16 comments:

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

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  2. Yummy and colourful. Perfectly done.

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

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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

    Ongoing Event - CC-Chocolate Fest

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

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  6. Delicious..Yummy one to try it asap

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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

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  8. பச்சை கலரில் பாஸ்தா பார்க்கவே அருமையா இருக்கு!!

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

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  10. Pasta looks very nice and very inviting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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