Pesto Pasta, My Gourmet “Instant Noodles”
Recently, I am hooked on making pesto. Pesto is a versatile sauce with many uses. Nowadays I like to use it for making a very quick, almost instant pesto pasta lunch. On the weekends, I will usually make a small quantity of pesto (just enough to last me for a few days) and keep the pesto sealed and chilled in the fridge. Whenever I’m hungry and fancy a quick meal, I will cook some angel hair (a type of pasta which cooks in 2 minutes) and toss the pesto with the noodles. It takes me less than 5 minutes to whip up this plate with my ready stash of pesto in the fridge, almost the same time I take to cook instant noodles. How’s that for fast food? This is healthy and quite gourmet for a change from the usual fast food I eat, not bad for 5 minutes work. If you prefer it more fancy, you can also grill some seafood on the side and it will become seafood pesto pasta; the possibilities are limitless.
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Garnishing ideas (optional)
- cherry tomatoes, halved
- basil leaves
- pine nuts
- Grated parmesan cheese
1. Add 1 tbsp of salt to a pot of water (enough to cook pasta) to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Do not discard the water used to cook the pasta.
2. When the pasta is cooked, drain them onto a serving plate. Toss the noodles with about 2 tbsp pesto and 2 tbsp of reserved pasta water. Toss well and garnish with cherry tomatoes, cheese, pine nuts and basil leaves.
For those who have not visited “The Noob’s Guide to Microwave Cooking with Samsung“, do check out the clam chowder and chicken Caesar salad recipes written by me which were published last week.
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