Monday, October 5, 2015

Pasta with Basil & Cashew Pesto















Ingredients:
For Pesto
  1. Fresh Basil leaves - 1 cup
  2. Olive oil - 3 tbsp
  3. Parmesan Cheese grated - 1 tbsp
  4. Garlic - 2 cloves
  5. Cashew nuts - 4 
For Pasta
  1. Chicken breast or thighs thinly sliced - 1 breast or 2 thighs
  2. red pepper flakes - 1 tsp
  3. crushed garlic - 5 cloves
  4. fresh cream - 3 tbsp (optional)
  5. bell pepper - few slices (optional)
  6. Parmesan cheese - 1 tsp
  7. Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  8. dried Oregano - 1 tsp
  9. dry basil - 1 tsp
  10. Pasta - 3 cups cooked 
Method:

Cook Pasta in salted water , drain and keep aside.
To prepare pesto - Add the  basil, garlic, Parmesan, Cashewnuts and Olive oil  in a food processor / blender jar and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. (About a minute)

Heat Olive oil and add the crushed garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for a minute . Add in chicken slices and stirfry on high , add salt to taste .cook until chicken turns white .Add in sliced peppers and the cooked and drained pasta to the chicken mix  .Add dried basil & oregano and mix well.

Add the pesto and 3 tbsp fresh cream and mix until all the pasta is coated with the sauce .Serve hot sprinkled with Parmesan.

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