Pasta genovese

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: pasta | Tags: , , |

Genovese is one of the great sauces of Italy. The city of Genoa in Italy takes the credit of creating this sauce which uses the famous “pesto” (also originated in Genoa).
This sauce is traditionally served with pasta.
The addition of mushrooms enhances the taste of this already flavourful sauce.
Pesto can be easily made at home – by pounding basil, garlic, walnuts and olive oil or you can buy ready-made pesto, available at speciality gourmet stores.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

3 cups cooked fettuccine
For the sauce

1 onion, sliced

1 recipe pesto

11/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons cream
1/2 cup grated cheese
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onion slices till they are translucent.
2. Add the mushrooms and salt and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add the pesto, milk and cream and mix well. Bring to a boil while stirring continuously.
4. Toss in the pasta, pepper and cheese and serve immediately.
You can add your favourite vegetables like carrots, broccoli, french beans etc. to this dish. Just parboil them before you add them.


A traditional recipe with the distinct flavours of fresh basil, nuts, garlic and olive oil.

Cooking Time : : 5 mins.
Preparation Time : : 5 mins.

Makes 1/2 cup.

1/4 cup pine nuts (chilgoza) or walnuts, chopped
2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
salt to taste
1. Lightly roast the pine nuts. Cool completely.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
3. Use as required.
Tips :
If walnuts are used in the recipe, the first step can be omitted.
Ready to use pesto is also available in bottles at gourmet stores.

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