Monday, March 17, 2008

Cilantro Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

I wanted to make pasta with pesto but had no basil or parsley. What I did have was tons of cilantro. I came across a recipe by Rachel Ray for a cilantro pesto pasta which needed macadamia nuts (which also I did not have). So here is my revised version of cilantro pesto pasta. I added shrimp to it as well. For this pasta lover this dish was true comfort food.


Angel Hair pasta, 3/4 package, Smart taste
Large shrimp, uncooked shelled and deveined --about 20

For the pesto

1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp red chilly flakes
2 pods garlic
1 inch piece ginger
lemon juice 1 tsp


Season a large pot of water with salt. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes or till al dente. Drain pasta after it cooks. As pasta boils grind all pesto ingredients together to forma smooth green paste. Heat a little olive oil in a pan. Add pepper to the oil as it heats. Add shrimp and stir fry till shrimp turns pink. Add pesto and pasta. Mix all ingredients well together. Serve hot. Easy Huh?

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