Friday, August 1, 2008
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 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.