Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Basil Pesto Pasta (Vegan)


Today's recipe is Pasta with pesto, made with freshly picked basil leaves. My hubby has a green thumb and we have some plants in our balcony and Basil is also one among them. This weekend I wanted to cook something simple and yet delicious, so made this pasta. Though it was so easy to prepare,it was so flavorful, kids just loved it. 
Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

What are the ingredients needed?

Basil leaves, 3 cups
Almonds, 1/4 cup
Garlic, 3-4 cloves
Ground pepper, 1 teaspoon (adjust as per your preference)
Olive oil, 1/4 cup
Salt, as needed

How it is made?
  1. In a blender, first pulse the almonds.
  2. Then add garlic and pulse. Then add the basil leaves, ground pepper and salt and pulse till it is a coarse paste.
  3. Then add olive oil and run till it is smooth.

Basil Pesto Pasta
Basil Pesto Pasta

What are the ingredients needed?

Pasta, 1 lb
Olive oil, water and salt, as needed for the pasta.
Basil Pesto, from the above


Pasta made with Basil Pesto
How it is made?
  1. Cook Pasta as per package instructions. Don't forget to add salt and olive oil to the pasta water, so that the pasta catches flavor and doesn't stick to one another.
  2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the excess water and return it to the pan, add the pesto, mix well and serve.

Notes:
  • In the pesto, instead of almonds, you can use walnuts too. 
  • Usually pesto has cheese in it , but since this is the vegan  version, I skipped it, if you prefer you can add some parmesan cheese.
  • I used medium shell pasta here, you can use other varieties of pasta too.
  • Adjust the amount of pesto as per your preference.
  • This pesto can also be used for making pizza( If interested check  Basil Pesto Pizza), or as a spread for sandwich.  

19 comments:

  1. yummy pesto pasta. Long time i waiting to try this; Bookmarked.

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  2. wow delicious pasta... vegan makes it even more appealing...

    Sowmya

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  3. wow supera iruku aks... looks very tempting... its my long time do to list... but with coriander...;) love it aks...

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  4. Pasta looks so yum da and i love that bowl and last click ;)

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  5. delicious and inviting......nice clicks

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  6. looks delicious this is our family fav

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  7. love this flavorful and yummy pesto...pasta looks super tempting :) nice clicks Divya!

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  8. very very flavorful pasta :) they look super inviting and making me drool :) Awesome captures :)

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  9. looks droolworthy..i am loving it.

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  10. Omg, thats fantastic homegrown basil leaves..I dont have green hands at all Sis..Pesto looks delicious.

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  11. will definitely try it if i get basil leaves here.. sound healthy dear..

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  12. Just the spot on recipe because my basil plant has grown into big, big bushes. I was thinking what to do and here'c comes a fabulous recipe. Its on, for the weekend, maybe a little modification by adding one or two chilies inside.

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  13. Love basil, this is vegan and very healthy without the cheese..

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