How to make Penne with Spinach Pesto-Cook Smart -

Spinach replaces basil leaves to make tasty pesto sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Main Ingredients : Penne pasta, Spinach (पालक)

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Noodles and Pastas

Penne with Spinach Pesto-Cook Smart

Penne with Spinach Pesto-Cook Smart Recipe Card


Fusion cuisine is one that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in a number of innovations.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.  

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Penne with Spinach Pesto-Cook Smart Recipe

  • Penne pasta boiled till al dante 200 grams

  • Spinach blanched 1/2 medium bunch

  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons

  • Medium tomatoes 2

  • Garlic cloves 2-3

  • Roasted peanuts 1/4 cup

  • Extra virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried mixed herbs 3 teaspoons

  • Fresh cream 1/4 cup

  • Processed cheese grated 100 grams

  • Black pepper powder 2 teaspoons


Step 1

Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan. Cut tomatoes into big cubes and add to the pan and toss well. Once the tomatoes become soft, switch off the heat and transfer them onto a plate.

Step 2

Roughly chop spinach and put into a mixer jar, add garlic cloves and grind well. Add peanuts and extra virgin olive oil and grind to make a smooth spinach pesto.

Step 3

Heat the same non-stick pan, add penne, spinach pesto and salt and mix well.

Step 4

Add mixed dried herbs and fresh cream and mix well. Add grated cheese and mix well. Add crushed peppercorns and mix well. Add cooked tomatoes, reserving some, and mix well and cook for a minute.

Step 5

Transfer onto a serving platter, garnish with reserved cooked tomatoes and drizzle leftover olive oil from the cooked tomatoes and serve immediately.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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