August 24, 2006

Pesto & Tomato Pasta

Summer is a wonderful time to try new pasta recipes. Fresh herbs are easy to come by, you can buy vegetables from local farmer's markets. I have been trying different vegtable and pasta combinations for the past few months. Asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini and beans, they all taste good with pasta.

In pasta, I have tried angel hair, spagetti, linguine and some shell pastas. I was recently introduced to rainbow rotini and they taste great and add a dash of color to the dish.

Usually pastas are either tomato based or served with pesto. I decided to mix tomato and pesto together in the pasta sauce and have to report that it turned out good. Sauted vegetables in pasta sauce served over colorful rotini brightened the dinner.

Here is a recipe I recently made for our simple midweek dinner.

Ingredients: (serves 2-3)
For Pasta
1 pack rotini

For Pasta sauce
1 zucchini
1/2 bell pepper
1 broccoli crown
1 medium onion
pinch of rosemary
1 tspoon tomato paste
1 tspoon basil pesto
1 cube ginger - paste
2 red chillis
1/4 cup water
1tbspoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

For Pasta sauce
Cut vegetables in small pieces.
Heat oil and add red chillis, ginger paste and rosemary
Add onions and saute till onions turn translucent.
Stir in the tomato and pesto paste. Add water to make it a thick sauce.
Let it simmer in medium low heat and add the rest of the vegetables.
Let it cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes. The vegetables retain their crunchiness.

For Pasta
While the sauce is cooking, boil a large pot of salted water.
Add rainbow rotini and cook for 7-8 minutes.
Drain rotini in a colander.

Serve the pasta with a good helping of the sauce on top. It tastes the best when served warm.


  1. The tri color is so pleasing to the eye as well isnt it?

  2. I always love pasta and ur recipe sounds interesting. Thanks for the recipe


  4. Hi Ashwini - the colorful pasta with some colorful veggies makes a nice meal and is pleasing to the eye, I agree.

    Hi Prema - Thank you for visiting. I am always up for trying new recipes. Do post yours.

    Foodie's Hope - Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too.


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