How to make Creamy Pesto Pasta -

A delicious and filling pasta recipe that is perfect as an evening snack or light dinner

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Pesto, Fresh basil leaves (ताज़े बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Noodles and Pastas

Creamy Pesto Pasta

Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe Card


Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Creamy Pesto Pasta Recipe

  • Pesto

  • Fresh basil leaves 1 cup + 1 to garnish

  • Pine nuts 1 tablespoon

  • Parmesan cheese grated 1 tablespoon

  • Garlic 5-6 cloves

  • Olive oil 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns crushed 1 pinch

  • White sauce

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Refined flour 2 tablespoons

  • Milk 3 cups

  • Pasta

  • Macaroni pasta boiled 3 cups

  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons

  • Butter mushrooms sliced 10-12

  • Garlic crushed 10-12 cloves

  • Red chillli flakes 1 teaspoon

  • Corn kernels boiled 1/2 cup

  • Cherry tomatoes halved 10-12

  • Salt 1 pinch

  • Black peppercorns cruhsed 1 pinch

  • Parmesan cheese grated 2 tablespoons


Step 1

To make pesto, put parmesan cheese, pinenuts, salt and crushed black peppercorns in a mixer jar and grind to a fine powder.

Step 2

Add garlic cloves and continue to grind. Add basil leaves and olive oil and grind to coarse paste. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 3

To make white sauce, heat butter in a deep non-stick pan, when it melts add flour and saute for a minute. Add milk gradually and whisk well so that there are no lumps. Cook for 4-5 minutes or till it becomes thick. Transfer into another bowl.

Step 4

To make pasta, heat olive oil in another deep non-stick pan, add mushroom and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 5

Add garlic and sauté till light brown. Add red chilli flakes and pesto, mix and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add white sauce and mix well.

Step 6

Add corn, cherry tomatoes, boiled macaroni, salt and crushed black peppercorn and mix well. Cook for a minute and add grated parmesan cheese and mix well.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with sprig of basil and serve immediately.

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