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Friday, August 1, 2008

Mint Cilantro Pesto Pasta


Pesto is an Italian sauce usually prepared with basil ,pine nuts,parmesan cheese and olive oil. I choose to add mint that's fresh from my garden and cilantro. And no cheese to keep it low fat and the lime and nuts added give this pasta a citrusy bite .
Cilantro Mint Pesto Pasta
1 lb Whole Grain spaghetti
1 big clove garlic crushed
1 inch fresh ginger root, chopped
1 green chilly
1/2 cup, pine nuts or macadamia nuts or roasted almonds
1/2 lime
1/2 cup cilantro or parsley leaves
1/2 cup Mint or Basil leaves
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon sea salt

To make the Pesto Pasta
Blend all the ingredients except the pasta in a food processor until smooth.
Heat water in a large saucepan. Add salt and cook the pasta as per the package instructions . Reserve 1/2cup of pasta water and drain rest of the water.
Mix the 1/2 cup of pasta water in the Mint cilantro pesto mixture and toss along with the pasta and Serve warm.


This recipe is my entry for AWED Italian Hosted by Dk's Cullinary Bazaar.

4 comments:

Ruth Daniels said...

Wow, I made a mint cilantro pesto pasta this week too! Great minds think alike! Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Michelle said...

Don't you just love picking your herbs from your own garden? It is an unbeatable, satisfying experience, just like your dish!

Yasmeen said...

thanks ladies. Mint just grows wild in my garden at this time of the year. I use it in stews,curries and chutney.

The-Java-Gal said...

I make a cilantro pesto that I use on crackers. I will have to try your version on pasta, as I can never seem to find the right sauce for my taste buds. Great recipe idea.

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