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Pesto Pasta

To follow up my earlier post here I am with a new recipe which is very easy to prepare. Italian food has always been my favourite. When you think of Italian cuisine, two things come to our mind. Pizza and pasta, out of which pasta has always been my favourite. It’s comforting and there are loads of options in which pasta can be prepared. Also it comes in variety of shapes, which many a times makes it more interesting ;). Pesto sauce and pasta is a match made in Italian kitchens (and they are heavenly). No two thoughts about it!!

We are chefs and cooking is what we love, so happy Valentine’s Day guys!!

This is my take on one of the most loved combinations on this day of love.

Pasta (any shape) – 200 gms
Parmesan cheese (grated) – to garnish

Pesto Sauce Ingredients:

Basil leaves – ¼ cup
Pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
Olive oil- 2 tablespoon
Garlic cloves – 5
Pine nuts – 2 tablespoons
Parmesan cheese – 2-3 tablespoon
Water – ¼ cup

Procedure:

  • Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet.
  • Finely grind all the ingredients mentioned under the pesto sauce ingredients using a mixer.
  • Gently rub this pesto sauce to the cooked pasta so that it coats the pasta.
  • In a big vessel heat 2 teaspoons of butter and gently sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with grated parmesan cheese.

Tips:

  • Use walnuts if pine nuts are not easily available.
  • You may use any flavourless vegetable oil instead of olive oil.
  • Although parmesan is a vital ingredient in the pesto sauce, you may substitute it by using 2-3 tablespoons of cheese spread.

Penne with tomato, cream & basil

Hi everyone. This is Girish & I am absolutely thrilled that the very first Italian recipe I have attempted to cook has come out perfect, and I even get to blog it. Absolutely happy. Yes, very happy.

We have been in love with Italian cooking for some months. And pasta has been a topper on that list. When you start cooking pasta at home it’s then you realize how easy it is. Ofcourse, we haven’t yet reached at the point where we can actually make a “pasta” and then cook it with various other ingredients. For a beginner like me, this recipe works so well. I haven’t been a crazy fan of the white creamy cheese pastas. I haven’t yet developed the taste for it. But when it comes to the tangier, spicier pasta’s am all ready to eat.

I have used a couple of ready made ingredients for various reasons but you can surely use fresh produce from the market.

Ingredients

Onion – 1 finely chopped
Tomato puree – 200 ml (Dabur Homemade)
Basil – dried basil 2 tbsp
Penne – 200 gms
Garlic – 3 cloves crushed
Cream – 150 ml (Amul)
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Recipe

Cook the pasta following the packet instructions.
Cook onion in olive oil until soft
Add garlic & cook for couple of minutes more
Add tomato puree & simmer for 2 or 3 minutes
Stir in the cream & simmer for couple of minutes, then add the basil
Add salt & mix well
Add pasta & toss it with the sauce

Tips

You can use 2/3 chopped tomatoes instead of the puree
I wasn’t able to find fresh basil, but you can surely use a handful of freshly chopped basil