One for three…

by Sunita on August 11, 2008

A few days ago, we enjoyed bowlfuls of pasta with some almond, roasted tomatoes and bell pepper pesto.

I did set out to make the usual one with basil, nuts, olive oil, cheese and garlic…and then decided to add some roasted tomatoes and bell pepper…and I am really glad I did. The extras made the pesto all the more rich and indulgent.

What’s needed-

1/2 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
a small bunch of coriander leaves
50 gms of fresh basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil+ more for pulsing
a small handful of almonds, chopped and lightly toasted
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies (more or less)
50 gms of Red Leicester or cheddar cheese, grated
250 gms of cooked pasta ( I used wholewheat fusili )
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  2. In a baking dish, toss together the tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the tray at the top rack of the pre heated oven and roast, turning them over now and then. When the tomatoes soften and lovely aromas emanate from the oven, they are ready ( rather vague, I know, but forgot the exact number of minutes…should’nt be too many, so, please do keep a watch)
  3. Meanwhile , pulse the basil, coriander, almonds, crushed red chillies and half the cheese.
  4. Add the roasted vegetables and pulse, pouring in enough olive oil to make a thick paste. Check the seasoning.

  5. Toss the pasta with the pesto, serve in bowls and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top.

This is quite a filing dish, but we enjoyed it immensely.

Am sending bowlfuls of the above pasta dish to three dear ladies…

Ladies, hope you enjy it :-)

‘Think spice…’ turns ‘One’ this month. To celebrate, the choice of spice has been left to you. All that needs to be done is to cook up a dish with your favourite spice, taking care not to drown it with too many others, and send them over. The last date to send in entries is the 31st of August,08.

The rules for participation can be found here. Non- bloggers are welcome to join in.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kitchen Flavours August 11, 2008 at 9:48 am

This recipe looks gr8 and i like that color recipe aslo. Wow think spice event has turned a year iam happy for it and congratulate you.


2 SMN August 11, 2008 at 10:38 am

Hey Sunita otherwise also pasta is in high colorie and with almond i guess……….:) looks yummy never had this combo… nice one


3 Arundathi August 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

that looks so amazing. what a great idea!


4 kittie August 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

This looks like an amazing pesto – delicious!


5 Aparna Inguva August 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Looks divine Sunita. I am a huge fan of pesto pastas. This combo looks hso rich and yummy.


6 Mishmash ! August 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm

pesto pic looks so sublime!


7 Rachel August 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

The pics are so the pesto…


8 bee August 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

the most gorgeous pest evahhhhh!!!


9 karuna August 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm

bell peppers and pasta, all time buddies. loved the pesto too.


10 Sameera.. August 12, 2008 at 12:43 am

Hey Sunita that looks sooo yummm !
Im already longing to have it
Sam !


11 Kevin August 12, 2008 at 2:01 am

That pesto looks so creamy and good!


12 Nags August 12, 2008 at 9:20 am

yummy pics and recipe as usual, the pesto even more so :)


13 Lore August 12, 2008 at 10:38 am

You’ve just invited me to join you for a pasta lunch without even knowing it ha ha :) . That’s just how I am these days…someone posts a yummy pasta dish and I take it as an invitation. Beautiful!


14 A_and_N August 12, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Wow! The pesto looks rich and fantastic! Great variation with red peppers and almonds.

That sounds like a super-pasta you had :)


15 Jeanine August 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Mm…this looks delicious! I haven’t ever made a pesto before (gasp!), but I hope to soon! :) Your photos are fantastic! Wonderful blog!


16 sunita August 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

kitchen flavours,
Thanks…it was a rich dish indeed :-)

We tried to put down the calories a bit with wholewheat pasta…and it was for indulging :-)

Thanks :-)

Thanks :-)

Thanks…we did love this thicker version a lot :-)


17 sunita August 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

thanks :-)

thanks :-)

thanks sweetie :-)

Thanks…we do love our peppers :-)

Thanks…wish i could offer you some..but, now you can make it :-)


18 sunita August 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

thanks :-)

thanks…we did love our bowlfuls of pasta :-)

you’re welcome anytime :-D

Thanks…yes, we did love it :-)

thanks…there are so many things I am yet to try, a lifetime seems too short :-)


19 Shreya August 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Recipe is too good. I have some pasta (Penne) lying at home, will try this soon with it (should be ok, isn’t it? I am not much into other cuisines, and have made pasta only once at home!) I have something waiting for you at my blog.


20 Deborah August 12, 2008 at 5:44 pm

That pesto looks amazing!! What a lovely pasta dish.


21 D August 12, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I want to drown my tongue in that pesto!!!! So hungry I am ( talking like Yoda, am I not? watching re runs of star wars, I must stop ;-) )

Its luks yummo Suni…and how the heck did I miss out 1 yr anniversary celebration of TS????? God forbid – will get set immedietely

Thanks for sending this delish plate my way for AWED.



22 sunita August 12, 2008 at 9:09 pm

thanks…penne will work fine…do give it a try…and thanks for thinking of me :-)

Thanks…yes, we did enjoy oit :-)

thanks…you do make me laugh :-D
…glad you like the entry :-)


23 Clumbsy Cookie August 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Sunita that pesto looks so amazing. Wonderful shots as well!


24 sunita August 13, 2008 at 5:05 pm

clumbsy cookie,
Thanks :-)


25 Suganya August 13, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Brilliant idea, Sunita. The pesto will make a good dip too. You never fail to amaze me :)


26 Usha August 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Looks delicious,loved the idea of red bell pepper and coriander leaves in pesto,will try this soon :)


27 Ruth Daniels August 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm

It looks wonderful…I personally can never have too many kinds of pesto in my fridge. Thanks for sharing a new one with Presto pasta Nights.


28 Divya Vikram August 15, 2008 at 1:39 am

Different pesto recipe..


29 Ginny August 15, 2008 at 3:44 am

Looks great! Can’t wait to try it myself! :)


30 sunita August 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Thanks..and yes, it does make for agreat dip :-)

thanks…do give it a try :-)

you’re welcome…loved sending it over to you :-)


31 sunita August 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm

yes, but we did like it :-)

thanks…do give it a try :-)


32 zlamushka August 17, 2008 at 4:49 am

this is fantastic, love pesto recipes. Yours look so inviting :_)


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