Pesto penne

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

The exotic ingredients of pesto, combined with choicest vegetables like zucchini and red and yellow capsicum make this penne dish the centre of attraction on any dining table!

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
3 cups boiled penne or any small pasta
½ cup zucchini cubes
½ cup red capsicum cubes
½ cup green capsicum cubes
½ cup fresh cream
1 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
For the pesto
½ cup chopped pine nuts (chilgoza)
3 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
¼ cup olive oil
Salt to taste
For the garnish
4 tablespoons grated vegetarian cooking cheese
For the pesto
1. Lightly roast the pine nuts. Keep aside to cool.
2. Combine it with other ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the zucchini, red capsicum, green capsicum and sauté for some time.
2. Add the pesto, cream and salt and bring to a boil.
3. Add the boiled penne and toss gently in the sauce till it is well coated.
4. Serve hot garnished ith grated cheese.
Tips
Use walnuts in the pesto if pine nuts are not available.
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