Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto is a paste made of fresh basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil and typically pine nuts. But pine nuts can be replaced with walnuts or even pistachios.

Walnut Pesto Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups pasta (penne or spiral)
½ cup cooked green peas
1 cup fresh basil leaves
3-4 tbsp olive oil
Handful of walnuts chopped
3 tbsp parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic crushed
Salt and little pepper
4-5 cherry tomatoes
4-5 pieces walnuts to garnish

Method:
Cook the pasta in salted boiling water and drain. Transfer to a big bowl.
Add peas along with quartered tomatoes into the bowl.
Blend the basil, garlic, walnuts, olive oil and cheese to an almost smooth paste.
Adjust seasonings.
Add pesto to pasta and mix well. Garnish with walnuts.

Pesto Pasta Salad 1

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Pasta

Ingredients:
1 cup pasta of your choice
6-8 mushrooms cleaned and sliced
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup cream
½ cup low fat milk
5 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 tsp pepper powder
½ tsp dry basil
Salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Method:
Cook pasta in boiling water, add salt before draining.
Hear oil and add garlic. Stir few times and add onions. Saute till onions become translucent and then add mushrooms. Cook till mushrooms are cooked and almost dry.
Add cream and milk. Stir.
Sprinkle basil and pepper powder. Adjust salt.
Let it simmer for few minutes and take off fire.
Serve hot.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta 2