March 28, 2008

Spirali in Basil Pesto

Pesto is one of those things that I love today but didn't quite know about while growing up. The very first time I heard about it was about 5 years ago. A colleague, who had grown up in the US, told me about it one day while recounting her first cooking experience. So, after trying it out at several restaurants, I decided to make it at home. I made a coriander pesto sometime last year. And whenever I could lay my hands on basil, I made basil pesto. I asked a friend to bring me pine nuts from the U.S. And she did. For the very first time I made basil pesto with pine nuts. I didn't pound the nuts in a mortar, but used my food processor instead.

1 cup Spirali Pasta, Cooked/Boiled with a little oil and salt
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Milk

For the Basil Pesto:

1/2 cup Basil Leaves
1 cube Low Fat Cheese
2 tbsp Pine Nuts
2 pods Garlic
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Grind together all the ingredients for the

Drain the pasta and keep aside.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Fry the pesto sauce in it for a few minutes. Add the milk to get a sauce like consistency. Add the pasta and mix well.

This is one of the simplest dishes I have come across and I make it as often as I can. I'm sending this super simple dish to Mathy who is hosting this month's JFI. The ingredient is one of my favourites: garlic.


musical said...

YUMMY! Pine nuts are locally available in winters in Delhi-look for Chilgoza/Nyoza in shops that sell dry fruit.

Cynthia said...

Raaga, you talking my language here. I love pesto and it really makes for a delicious, quick, week-night meal. I also use the pesto as a salad dressing and as a marinade.

amna said...

tht's so 'cheesy' raaga. just the way i like it :)

Aarti said...

hey Gurl

Wow, i made pasta for dinner last nite.. bot some whole wheat pasta n made it with some thai red curry n veggies.. was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy... :)

TBC said...

I like pesto a lot.:-)
Yesterday I had a panini with some pesto. It was simply great. I use walnuts instead of pine nuts when I make it...

Laavanya said...

I'm a big fan of pesto too. I've never made it with pine-nuts.. always use walnuts *same pinch TBC* :)

Unknown said...

I absolutely love pesto...I was just going to tell you that it is available in grocery stores as CHILGOOZA, Musy has said the same above! But this is the most expensive nut in India, so use any nuts you have on hand.

Yummy pasta...

Arundathi said... pesto! Now gotten my 2-yr old daughter hooked on it as well!!

Ranjani said...

I LOVE how to decided to use cilantro instead of basil!
I never make pesto, since I'm lazy, and buy it off the shelves, but I do heart cilantro, and it finds its way into pretty much everything I cook,so I will definitely try this!!

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