Jan 8, 2011

Vegetable pasta with spinach walnut pesto

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    Few years back, I knew pasta could be made the Indian way or using the white sauce. I became familiar with different kind of sauces only after I visited a several blogs.I have been trying and experimenting with different sauces since then. This recipe was partly taken from here. But then , I modified the ingredients and method to a extent to suit our taste. We enjoyed it for an early dinner yesterday evening.
spinach walnut pesto
Spinach walnut pesto
Spinach walnut pesto recipe
Spinach- 1 cup chopped (blanched)
Walnuts- 1/4 cup
Garlic- 2 cloves
Oilve oil-2tbsp
Cheese- 1 cube(I used a single cheese slice-thats what I had at home)
Dried red chilly-2(optional)

      Toast the walnuts lightly. Combine all the ingredients in your blender. Blend this to a smooth and loose paste. It yields around one cup.

For the pasta
Any variety of pasta- 1 cup
Bellpepper-1 chopped into elongated pieces
Carrots- 1/2(chopped into long pieces- match stick like)
Salt to taste
Crushed black pepper- 1tsp
Spinach walnut pesto sauce- 1 cup(follow the recipe mentioned above)
Milk- 1/2 cup
Oil- 1tsp

  Boil the pasta till it turns soft. Drain the water. Wash with cold water to prevent it from sticking to each other. Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped bell pepper and carrots. Cook till they turn soft. Now add the cooked pasta. Add the pesto sauce and mix till the pasta is well coated with the sauce. Add salt and pepper.Add the milk. Combine well and remove from flame after 2-3 minutes. You can garnish with more grated cheese if you wish.
veg pasta with spinach walnut pesto
Veg pasta with the pesto sauce
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