Thursday, August 09, 2007

Cilantro Pesto Presto Pasta!

I was very reluctant to try out this combo, but I did give it a try and we liked it. We really liked it. Its a combination of Cilantro (instead of parsley/basil), cashewnuts(pine nuts traditionally) and to give it more zing, I added chopped Jalopenos (the ones you get in a jar, pickled ones). All you spice lovers, give it a try and you wont regret!
I havent been in the blogging world for a while, so I am not sure, if somebody has already tried this combo.

Well, since its not Aug 10th yet, I can send this for Mallugirl's Summer Express Cooking Event. Thanks Mallugirl for the event. I like this one!

Anyway, here goes the recipe.

1 cup of pasta
1 handful of cilantro
1/4 cup cashews
4 fat cloves of garlic
Peas, Baby bella mushrooms and Bell pepper (any veggies of your choice)
10 pickled Jalopenos
6 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Dried parsley and oregano to sprinkle


  1. Cook pasta in water accordingly. Meanwhile prepare the pesto.

  2. For the pesto: Grind cashews, garlic, and cilantro in a blender/mixie/food processor.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the bell pepper,mushrooms and peas.

  4. Add the ground mixture for the pesto and fry till it changes color a little bit.

  5. Add salt and then the cooked pasta.

  6. Add the dried herbs and the chopped jalopenos and mix it to coat. Thats it

  7. Dont forget to turn off the stove.

You can add more olive oil if you think its too dry for you. Of course, I have not added any cheese and it is totally upto you. Grated parmesan might be good on this one.

The whole meal can be done in under 30 minutes from start to finish!


At 10:13 AM, Blogger Asha said...

OH YUM!! Looks like a great recipe.Sounds great with Italian and India twists:)

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Mallugirl said...

i too add some chilies to the pesto. it adds some zing!thanks.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Latha said...

This looks delicious Roopa! I usually make this with basil, will try it with cilantro! Adding chillies surely give it a zest!

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Roopa said...

Thanks Asha for your comments! I just read about your Lasik. How did it go?

Thanks for adding my recipe Mallugirl. Awesome work on the round up.

Latha, I avoided chillies because I thought it would become too Indian. So, I put Jalopenos instead.


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