How to make Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce - Cook Smart -

Flavour unmatched, this pasta with pesto sauce is simply superb

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Penne pasta, Extra virgin olive oil (एक्स्ट्रा वरजिन ऑलिव आइल)

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Noodles and Pastas

Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce - Cook Smart

Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce - Cook Smart 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 : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce - Cook Smart Recipe

  • Penne pasta boiled 200 grams

  • Extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic 6 cloves

  • Cherry tomatoes 20

  • Low fat cream 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns crushed to taste

  • Pesto sauce

  • Fresh basil leaves 3/4 cup

  • Pinenuts toasted 3 tablespoons

  • Garlic 6 cloves

  • Parmesan cheese crumbled 1/4 cup

  • Extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons


Step 1

For the pesto sauce take basil leaves, pinenuts, 4 garlic cloves, most of the Parmesan cheese and 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil in a grinder jar and grind. Add another 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and grind to a semi coarse paste.

Step 2

To make the pasta dish, heat 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan. Slice the garlic cloves.

Step 3

Add garlic to the hot oil and sauté till golden. Add cherry tomatoes and sauté for 2-3 minutes, pressing the tomatoes a little with the back of the ladle. Add the pasta and toss for 2 minutes. Add ¼ cup water and mix.

Step 4

Add the pesto sauce and mix well. Add cream, salt and crushed peppercorns and toss. Cook for a minute.

Step 5

Serve hot garnished with the remaining Parmesan cheese.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.