Penne with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

We had friends over for lunch today. It has been a while since I made pasta. Armed with a jar of sundried tomatoes and loads of fresh basil leaves, I decided to combine both.

Ingredients

100gms chicken ham chopped finely

3 tbsps of minced garlic + 1 tbsp garlic for the pesto

200 gms button mushrooms

300 gms of penne [I added a little fusilli in too. Just as I started, I realised did not have enough of either]

Olive oil

6 pieces of sundried tomatoes

6 basil leaves

1 cube of amul cheese grated

4 cashews

1/2 cup milk

Process

For the pesto

Blitz the sundried tomatoes, 1 tbsp garlic, basil leaves, cashew, and cheese with a little bit of olive oil. Keep it aside.

For the pasta sauce

Heat 1 tsp of olive oil. Add the chicken ham and garlic and toss for about 5-6 minutes. Then add the button mushroom and salt and pepper. When the mushrooms soften, add the pesto and stir for 5 minutes. Then add the boiled pasta and half cup of milk. Toss it around and serve it while it is hot.

Pasta with Sundried tomatoes and basil pesto

 

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2 responses to “Penne with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

  1. Hey Swagata, I remember eating a vegetarian version of penne with basil pesto from your dabba once. Is it the same preparation minus chicken?

    • swagataraha

      Hey Archana! Yes, quite similar. Except that it I used tomatoes and not sundried tomatoes in that recipe and of course lots of veggies!

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